Everybody experiences anger in different ways. Some get red in the face and boil like a tea kettle, while some hold in their anger and ruminate. And for the most part, no one enjoys the experience of anger. While it may feel immediately satisfying to release the volcanic energy of rage, the aftermath can result in feelings of depression and self-loathing.
By first understanding the root cause of anger, we can adopt simple habits that help us learn to manage the emotion before our next volcanic eruption. When we learn how to understand anger, we can learn how to deal with anger.
Do you ever have a hard time accepting imperfection in the people around you? Often, we see flaws in others and immediately feel angry, annoyed, and impatient, expecting that they should adhere to our notions of perfection. However, have you ever considered that your notions of what is right may not be fair to place on others?
When we feel angry, we enter into a state that lacks awareness. The first step is to become of our feelings and realize that anger cannot remove the imperfections in others. In fact, by feeling angry at what we cannot change we only harm and cause stress to our own minds.
The next step in understanding our anger is to know that only when we are able to accept a situation as it is, can we correct it with awareness. Easier said than done, right? It is never easy to deal with the mind or emotions directly, as wanting to change our emotions can lead to more frustration, rather than peace. This is where yogic anger-management techniques can help!
Dealing With Restlessness In The Body & Mind
You Are What You Eat!
Have you noticed that on certain days you feel very calm and relaxed, and on some days very restless? The food you eat greatly affects your mind and your emotions. Certain types of food bring restlessness in the mind and body, and avoiding such food will help you to control anger. Spicy, oily, and non-vegetarian foods all increase heat in the body, which directly correlates to feelings of anger and annoyance.
Experience The Power Of Rest!
Tiredness and restlessness in the body can lead to irritation and agitation in the mind. Sleeping for at least 6-8 hours a day is necessary for emotional health.
Ten to fifteen minutes of yoga asanas help remove restlessness from your body. Practicing yoga rather than normal physical exercise allows you to synchronise the mind with the breath, thus increasing your energy levels along and calming the entire system. Yoga calms the mind and emotions, allowing us to think clearly and be a witness to our feelings. And when we enter into a state of observation, we are better able to understand why we feel the way we feel.
Breathing techniques such as Bhastrika (Bellows Breath) and Nadi Shodhan (Alternate Nostril Breathing) help reduce restlessness in the mind. When the mind is calm and quiet, agitation is less likely.
Simply taking deep breaths can also have a profound effect on the emotions. The moment you become angry, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and observe the change in your state of mind. Breath releases stress and instantly calms the mind and body.
Regular yoga practice, pranayama, and attention to food help to settle the restlessness in the mind and body. However, to see a profound reduction in your levels of anger over time, mediation is key. Just twenty minutes of daily meditation is sufficient to keep anger at bay for the entire day.
A 20-Minute Journey Within
Regular practice of yoga, pranayama and attention to food help to settle the restlessness, but how to sustain a calm and balanced state of mind? Meditating regularly is your answer. Just twenty minutes of daily meditation is sufficient for the whole day.
Have You Hmmed?
Certain sounds have the power to bring a state of peace to the mind and body. Doing the Hmm process takes only one to two minutes and has immediate calming effects. Simply make a “Hmmm” sound repeatedly for one to two minutes and see the effect the process has on your mind.
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