Anger comes in many different ways. For all of the different types of anger I have a different way to deal with it. The best thing to do is find strategies on how to control it. I’m going to tell you some of the ways that I take care of it, I have a very bad temper so I have lots of different ways to tell you how to deal with it.
The first thing that I do when I get mad is, normally, just take a deep breath. An example, for instance, say someone comes up to you and calls you a mean name that you hate to be called. What do you do? I would say something mean back at them, but that tends to get me in trouble every time. Now, when I get put in a situation like that, I know how I should handle it, but sometimes I don’t always do it the right way…. That’s when you stop and think about what you are doing. Think about where you are, think about what are the consequences, and is what your about to do worth it?
The next thing that I do to help me with my anger is I try to do is count. This normally helps when I am fighting with my mom, dad, or with my sisters. I fight with them a lot, so I know this technique works. If you try it, I’m sure it will work for you too.
The other thing that I do is simply just walk away. The times that I use this technique is when I’m at school. There is a lot of drama there. People that I don’t even know just come up to me and call me harsh names. I would like to say that it doesn't bother me at all, but really it bothers me so much sometimes that I go home and pray to God that It will all just go away and stop. When someone puts you down or says something mean to you, just walk away. In a few weeks or even years, you will look back on that day and say, “What would have happened if I would have hit those people that hurt your feelings so much?” You will be so proud of yourself because you were the bigger person, and they were the ones who looked stupid because you walked away.
Those are my tips and what I do when I get mad or angry. There is one last little tip that I want to give you, I would like to tell you to just Pray…. Pray and ask for help with your problems and to take them away. This one works the best for me.
By M. B., a middle school student