Anger is a natural response if we feel there may be a threat, humans in danger are found to have an increase in heart rate and blood pressure and often become hyper vigilant, responding to an immediate threat without really being aware we have responded at all.
If you ever feel like your anger is so overwhelming that you may do something you later regret then it is important that your recognise this feeling and diffuse it so you can assess the situation logically before choosing the best course of action.
A good tip is to breathe through your nose steadily, hold that breath to the count of five and then exhale through your mouth steadily ten times. After you have done this really think about whether what has made you angry is really that important and if it is, what is the most effective reaction, physical, verbal or walking away?
Secondly try to think about the consequences your reaction could have in a few days time and not just in that moment. In today’s society physical violence does not have the standing it once did when strength indicated power.
Learn to brush aside petty insults and reserve your energy for things that really matter. If you are unable to do this and you feel your anger has become so overwhelming it is effecting all areas of your life then it may be time to consider anger management. If you would like to contact a counsellor specialising in anger management in your area you can do so using the homepage of this site.