How to Own Your Short Temper and Stay in Control

- rage in the form of yelling and shouting
- chronic irritability
- heart palpitations
- racing thoughts
- loss of control

This frequent flood of stress hormones can eventually cause long-term health problems including:
- insomnia
- high blood pressure
- headaches and stomach problems
- depression
- anxiety
- heart attack
- stroke

How to stay in control: Practice mindfulness
The next time you feel your temper rising, try this exercise:

1. Find a quiet room and a comfortable place to sit.
2. Close your eyes and notice the physical sensation of anger travel through your body, whether it’s through your rapid heart rate or your clenched jaw.
3. Inhale deeply and allow all thoughts of anger to release as you exhale.
4. Repeat 2 to 3 times per day or whenever you start to feel anger arise.

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