Anger is a universal human emotion. We all experience it many times over throughout the course of our lives. You may experience anger during your interaction with someone or when things don’t go your way. This is quite normal for humans.
Unfortunately, it becomes problematic when it cannot be managed properly. Which is quite doable by adopting some simple activities into your life.
So, in this article, we will provide you with 25 hobbies to release anger no matter the situation.
All you have to do is take it one step at a time.
Let’s explore together.
Activities For Anger Management
Perform Yoga Poses
Yoga is a relaxing activity.
The various movements involved in yoga exercises help you to reduce the tension in your body which subsides your anger. As we all know stress sometimes leads to anger. Therefore, the better you are able to manage those stressors, the better you can manage your anger.
Yoga alleviates your anger.
Get Into A Swim Suit
Grab a swimsuit and dive into your swimming pool or anyone nearby your home. You will feel much better. The physical movements engaged calm your nerves and help you to relax no matter how tense you are.
Weight lifting is also another physical activity that will improve your anger control.
Whereas swimming involves hand movements, here you lift weights such as dumbbells. Since these kinds of weights are heavy, you focus your mind outward on them rather than inward on any negative thought. Through this process, you manage them a lot better.
You can lift weights in your own home or at the gym with professional tutors.
Whichever way, you get to manage your emotion better.
Go A For A Sprint
Running workouts enables you to focus your mind on your breath, arms, and legs. It engages every part of your body helping you to focus on the physical exertion rather than upsetting thoughts.
You can either run alone or find a running partner for this activity. Whichever way, you become more relaxed and focused on the activity rather than things that just don’t matter.
Run and improve yourself mentally.
Go For A Jog
Jogging is associated with many health benefits like reduced weight and reduced risk of cardiovascular-related diseases like stroke. However, it is also a tool for managing your anger explosions.
A study found that just jogging for at least 30 minutes causes the release of endorphins which is responsible for calming you down.
Another found that jogging helps the body reduce its responses to stress hence reducing anger.
Walk A Dog
There is a reason why dogs are considered man’s best friends.
When you care for and protect a dog, your mind finds something to hook itself to. Your dog also shows love to you by playing with you, wagging its tail, and showing or sort of compassion.
This process helps you focus on the positive side of life and ignore the bad ones.
Go get yourself a puppy. You will not regret it.
Go For A Hike
Hiking is not just for exercise. Hiking in nature helps you to defuse your anger by focusing on relaxing scenes. Your mind becomes focused on the outside world which tend to replace the bad thoughts you were having.
Go Play Some Basketball
You can use basketball as a medium to vent your anger by scoring your opponents. You don’t need to take out your emotion on them. Just join with your team and let that fuel your motivation to score more goals.
By doing so, you focus on playing rather than what was bothering you.
Go Throw Some Punches At The Boxing Gym
The next time you feel anger towards someone go find the nearest punching bag to offload your negative feelings.
When you start punching something which is a great form of exercise, your body produces a chemical called endorphins are known as “feel-good hormones”. They make you feel calm and clarity is established back in your mind.
Drive away stress with your punches.
Volunteer In Your Community
Volunteering has been known to help relieve stress which is a major cause of anger related issues.
Look for volunteering opportunities in your community and seek the interest of others. It might just be what you need to manage your anger issues. This is because it helps your body to release those feel-good hormones called endorphins.
In fact, the more consistently you perform this action, the less angry you become.
Take Care of Plants
Having something to focus on instead of the anger you’re feeling at the moment is a great way to calm your nerves.
Sewing seeds, picking plants and harvesting helps you think of something else. You feel more relaxed and the anger subsides as a result.
Go start your next garden.
Play A Video Game
Find a game to play in order to release the tension built up within you.
We recommend you choose a non-violent game so you can focus on the positive. A few moments of focused gameplay can help you rid yourself of any bad thinking.
Read A Book
Picking out a book and tackling difficult concepts rewires your brain to focus on other things. It could be fiction or non-fiction.
However, if you are really furious and looking for information on dealing with specific issues, you can read books on anger management.
An example of a good anger management book is The Anger Trap: Free Yourself from the Frustrations that Sabotage Your Life, by Les Carter.
Write In A Gratitude Journal
Gratitude may not be a strategy for you at this point.
But finding things in your life you can be grateful for helps your mind to forgo the negativity you are feeling at the moment.
Just find a journal or a piece of paper and write out what you are thinking. Don’t edit just let your thoughts drop out onto the paper and you will feel much better.
Noting down your thinking provides you the outlet to let go of thoughts that upset you.
While you are not actually writing out your thoughts, meditation focuses on controlling your inner turmoil by focusing on a specific thought of choice.
It is healing to the soul and a great medium to manage stress and build clarity in your mind. According to research studies, engaging in consistent meditation improves your ability to control triggers that boil up your anger.
You can get started with free apps like Aura and Headspace.
Draw Objects Around You
Grab a pencil and start drawing anything the next time that you feel frustrated or spent. Just make sure you have the essentials and offload your creativity even if you’re just a beginner.
You may also want to brush up on your drawing skills with these YouTube Channels:
- How To Draw A Table Step-by-Step for Beginners – Cutest Drawings
- How To Draw A Chair Simple And Easy – How To Channel
- How To Draw Anything -Theartbilly
Try Your Hands At Painting
If you love paint, then try painting instead.
It is the same principle. Just draw what you see and have fun. You will feel better after a few minutes. Because your mind calms down and relaxes as you let your mind and hand coordinate together in building some on a piece of paper.
Grab a Coloring Book
Another mental activity that requires focus and attention.
When you start coloring, your mind leaves everything else and focuses on the act itself. It relaxes you and helps you to focus on positive and opposite ideas.
You can get a coloring book for less than $10 on Amazon and enjoy its benefits of it.
There are many recipes out there to try out.
There are thousands of channels on YouTube providing free content on the best recipes and how to prepare them. An example is Gordon Ramsay’s YouTube Channel.
So, the next time you feel angry, consider preparing a meal for your family or friends instead.
Play A Guitar
Moments when you feel your anger cooking up, start looking for a guitar to play.
You don’t need to know the terms and concepts involved; you just need an avenue to express your feelings. It gives you a path to cross your emotions from your mind to your finger and out of your body.
You feel much better even after playing badly.
Play A Puzzle Game
Puzzles are great mental workouts and will help you control your emotions better.
It turns out that according to research studies, engaging in the game of puzzles engages your prefrontal cortex which is responsible for controlling your emotions be it anger or feelings of sadness.
So, at the next anger event, consider puzzling as an escape.
Capture The World Around You
All you need is a cheap camera or your smartphone and you can focus on something else. You don’t need a professional camera.
Let your mind travel outward and capture the wonderful scenes and people around you. Your pet or anybody else’s could become a side project for you.
That is all you need the next time you feel your anger growing.
Try Your Hands At Carpentry
Creativity is the best combatant to controlling your anger.
This is where play the role of a carpenter comes in.
Buy the essentials, learn the fundamentals and try out building anything you want. This should be your project the next time you feel the need to express your anger on someone.
Rather, let it be your creative output.
Start Coin Collecting
The next time you feel angry, consider collecting coins as a hobby.
It is calming activity because when you start exploring the different coins you need to find, your mind travels in a different direction. Your body relaxes because your stress is alleviated from the negative feeling anger brings.
Play Some Nice Tunes
While listening to music is not a physical activity, doing so gives your mind a break.
Your mind is able to wander into different domains of thought rather than focusing on negative thoughts.
Make sure the music is both relaxing and calming. Don’t go for heavy metal kind of music because they have been known to induce anger rather than the opposite effect.
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