We all have moments where our stress stacks as high as the Empire State Building.
Unfortunately, not everyone releases their anger in a healthy manner.
Punching walls, screaming until your vocal chords give out, shattering your—or someone else's—personal items and drowning out your stress with recreational drugs is not the way to address intense emotions.
Expressing your anger through violent outbursts won't reduce stress, but these four positive methods will.
Working out is one of the primary suggestions people offer to relieve stress. Whether it's martial arts, running, yoga or any other form of exercise, this is certainly an exceptional and physically the healthiest way to release pent up irritation. Channeling your anger into exerting physical energy is a solid solution because physical activity produces endorphins—chemicals in the brain that alleviate stress. You'll not only look physically great, you'll feel mentally content.
If you're comfortable enough with shooting guns, here is another common strategy in reducing stress. Not everyone finds it relieving, but those who do might find themselves at a shooting range at least once a month. Target shooting requires a lot of focus and with consistent practice, you'll become a good shot (that is if you're not already a natural at it). Many find shooting to be an exhilarating experience, but don't mix up adrenaline and anxiety. If you're a nervous wreck when holding a gun this isn't the method for you.
3. Smashing Objects
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What better way to unleash rage than by smashing random objects to bits and pieces (not your own objects of course)? A lot of people have the temptation to smash something when they're angry. However, if you plan on venting your anger through this method, do it in a safe environment where you'll be provided with the proper gear. Simply utilize the internet to find the closest "smash room." Breaking objects is not only used for anger therapy. Plenty of people do this activity for fun with their families or even on a date.
4. Listening to Heavy Metal
Believe it or not, studies have shown that listening to heavier genres of music such as metal and hardcore reduce—not amplify—one's anger. Interestingly enough, this type of music promotes positive energy and ultimately calms people down. It's totally understandable why people would assume this type of music intensifies emotions, but its effects on listeners have been misconstrued. Next time you're pissed off try winding down to some Slipknot (my personal favorite metal band).