Tips to manage anger

Anger is a very powerful, normal and healthy emotion.  In its positive form anger gives us the drive to achieve and accomplish goals.  However, in its negative form anger can lead to emotional disharmony and can often be the cause of arguments, resentment, aggression and illness.

In Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine theory emotional disharmony is one of the primary causes of illness and anger is often at the root of that emotional disharmony.  Common illnesses and disorders that I see in my practice that can be attributed to anger are: insomnia (not sleeping at all or waking between 1 AM – 3 AM), migraine headaches, indigestion, hypertension, and depression.

Like almost all imbalances, a propensity to anger can be managed through proper awareness and lifestyle changes.


9 tips to manage anger:


  • Be aware  

Pay attention to and recognize what makes you angry.


  • Get Regular Exercise

Regular exercise can help reduce stress levels that may lead to anger outbursts.  If you feel yourself getting annoyed, irritated, frustrated or angry, take a break and go for a walk, run, bike ride or hit the gym. 


  • Laugh About It

If you find yourself getting angry take a minute and try to see the humor in the situation.  A laugh and a smile can be an instant mood changer.


  • Relaxation Techniques

Everyone is different and will gravitate to what techniques work the best for them.  Simple breathing and movement exercises such as yoga, meditation, Qi Gong and Tai Chi are very effective anger and stress management techniques. 


  • Breathe

Regular long, deep, and controlled belly breaths will moderate stress levels and keep anger in check.


  • Don’t Hold A Grudge

Do your best to avoid resentment by forgiving and moving on.


  • Make Personal Time 

Regularly put aside time to do things for yourself, whatever it might be. Take up a hobby, read more books, go for massages. 


  • Be Proactive

Don’t just deal with anger as it comes up.  Become proactive and develop a regular anger management or relaxation routine.


  • Know When To Seek Help

If you feel like you have exhausted all options and are still not getting anywhere, seek professional help.  Find a Counselor, Psychologist or try Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to work through your anger and other anger related issues. 


For more information or to book an Acupuncture appointment contact my office at (250) 860-2212 or visit our website

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About the Author

Ryan Samuels is a Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medical Herbalist (R.Ac, R.TCMP) at KLO Chiropractic Centre in Kelowna. He holds a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine diploma, and has a special interest in the treatment of digestive issues, neuropathy, acute & chronic pain, sports injuries, and migraines.  All treatments with Ryan are individualized and designed around your current physical and mental well being. 

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