Anger management strategies are an absolute “must have” for some adolescents. Adolescents who struggle to control their temper and do not use anger management strategies can often get themselves into trouble from their immature anger outbursts. Below is some information from Zion Educational Systems, offering tips for troubled teens to help them control their anger. If your child’s anger is too out of control and is not helped by these tips, please call 866-471-8579 to speak with a professional and receive more help.
Take a Timeout
Before reacting to a tense situation, take a few moments to breathe deeply and count to 10. Slowing yourself down will usually help defuse your temper. You can even try taking a break from the person or situation that is causing your anger and frustration.
Once You’re Calm, Express your Anger
As soon as you’re thinking clearly, express your frustration in an assertive but non-confrontational manner. State your concerns and needs clearly, without hurting others.
Physical activity stimulates certain brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than before working out. Physical activity can also provides an outlet for your emotions, especially if you’re about to explode. If you feel your anger rising, go for a jog or spend some time doing a favorite physical activity.
Think Before You Speak
In the heat of the moment, it’s common to say something you’ll regret after things have calmed down. Take some time to collect your thoughts before saying anything.
Identify Possible Solutions
Instead of concentrating on what caused your outburst of anger, focus on resolving the issue.