Bottling up anger can lead to stress and anxiety. Instead, finding a way to handle frustration can make a world difference. Read on to find out why.

Manage Anger Without Flying Off the Handle

Anger Management Illustration by John Block

Surprisingly enough, anger can actually be a force for positive change: it can motivate us, make us more confident and optimistic, and lower stress on the heart and reduce pain. So why isn't the world one big shouting match? The key to harnessing anger's pros without hurting others is to manage it carefully. During a tough situation, take a time out to recognize mounting anger and understand the consequences of your ensuing actions.

Do it Today: Use the STAR-R (Stop, Think, Ask, Reduce, Reward) acronym to take control of stressful situations and control anger to your benefit.

Deep Breaths:

Six calming exercises to relax in 10 minutes or less.

Walk It Out:

A stroll in the great outdoors is a perfect stress-buster.

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