Anger Awareness Week 2023: How to Disconnect from the World’s Chaos in the Middle of Our Daily Routine
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In the fast-paced world we live in, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by stress and become prone to anger, anxiety, depression, and irritability. The constant flow of information, the demands of our daily routines, and the challenges we face can leave us feeling stuck, overwhelmed and disempowered. However, Anger Awareness Week 2023 encourages us to find moments to disconnect from over stimulation, relieve stress, and choose a mindset that is more positive for ourselves and our communities. While we may not be able to change everything in the world, we can start from within and create a ripple effect that contributes to a happier and more harmonious environment.
The Importance of Anger Management
Anger is a natural emotion, but when left unchecked – whether you’re stuffing your anger in or spilling outside of yourself – it can lead to destructive behavior and harm not only our own mental and physical well-being, but those around us. Anger can affect our relationships, work, and overall quality of life – usually it affects the people we care about the most. This is where anger management comes into play. It provides the tools and techniques to help individuals develop a far healthier relationship with their anger, reduce stress, and live a more peaceful life.
Disconnecting from Chaos in Daily Life
Life’s chaos often arises from various sources, including work-related stress, personal issues, or the constant barrage of negative news. Here are some practical tips to disconnect from chaos in your daily routine:
1. Unplug from Technology
Constant notifications, emails, and social media updates can be overwhelming. Designate specific times to check your devices and establish digital boundaries to create a healthier balance in your life. Notice what ‘winds you up’ and decide your mental health is more important than staying on top of the news. Set a boundary by limiting the time you dip in.
You just can’t get away from the fact that the fastest and quickest impact to shift yourself out of a negative frame of mind is to MOVE. If you can’t get out and take that walk, jump up and down and shake it out. Put on your favourite soundtrack – just move. Physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and anger. Regular exercise releases endorphins, natural mood lifters, and helps you feel more grounded. The stronger you feel in your body will translate to feeling stronger in your mind too.
3. Connect with Nature
Combining your physical activity in nature is like a supercharge of goodness. Spending time in nature can be both a soothing and rejuvenating experience. Even a short walk in the park or a moment in your garden can créate enough of a shift from fatique to being more energised. Oxygen, movement, beauty all serve to nourish body, soul and mind so commit to giving yourself the time.
4. Mindfulness and Meditation
Fundamentally, the more you can bring your full attention to the very present moment, the more resilient you become. If you can recognise that you only have to attend to this very moment, right here – right now, it gives you a breathing space. You don’t have to attend to what was before or what you think is rushing towards you. Just hand yourself over cmpletetly to whatever it is you are doing now and don’t allow the mind to pull you in every other direction. This is mindfulness, designed to quiet the mind, feel les overwhelmed and bring peace internally. It helps to bring your attention to your breath – you can follow the rhythmical cycle of it – with gentle curiosity and work towards having a longer out-breath than in-breath (especially when you’re feeling triggered). Just a few minutes of commitment every day to practice mindfulness and/or meditation can help calm your mind and reduce stress.
5. Practice Gratitude
Focusing on the positive aspects of your life can shift your perspective and reduce feelings of anger and frustration. Remember the mind likes to makes sense of things so will repeat things over and over. Keeping a gratitude journal will make you repeat all the good stuff and you’ll feel profoudly grateful for all that you really do have and it will encourage a sense of generosity.
Making a Positive Change in Your Community
As you work on managing your anger and reducing stress, you’ll naturally influence those around you. Here are some ways to extend this positivity to your community and make a difference:
1. Share Your Knowledge
Share your knowledge about anger management and stress reduction with friends and family. Provide them with the resources and information they need to improve their well-being. We’ve never had a dull conversation about anger in over 25 years!
Getting involved in local community projects or charities can be an excellent way to give back and create a more positive and supportive environment. Even the science says that giving makes one feel better.
3. Support Anger Awareness Week
You can actively participate in Anger Awareness Week 2023 by sharing information about the event. This week is dedicated to raising awareness about anger issues and promoting strategies for managing anger effectively.
Join Our Anger Management Courses
To take your journey towards anger management and stress reduction to the next level, we invite you to participate in our anger management courses. The British Association of Anger Management, founded by anger guru Mike Fisher, offers four valuable options:
Online Introduction To Anger Management: This two-hour evening Zoom workshop offers a snapshot of anger management training. You’ll also meet other people in the same situation.
Anger Management Online Group Course (Tenth Week Course via Zoom): Join a supportive online community and gain valuable insights into anger management over ten weeks.
Anger Management In-Person Group Course (Weekend Intensive in East Grinstead): Our weekend intensive course offers a deep dive into anger management techniques for those who prefer in-person learning.
One-to-One Coaching via Zoom with Mike Fisher: Benefit from personalized coaching with the founder of the British Association of Anger Management, Mike Fisher, to address your specific needs.