New Study: How To Effectively Deal With Anger

March 26, 2024

Some commonly recommended tactics for managing anger, including hitting a punching bag, jogging and cycling, aren’t effective at helping people cool off.

Authors of a new study suggesting activities that increase physiological arousal – a state marked by increased blood pressure, heart rate and breathing rate – typically cause more anger and aggression rather than help relieve those feelings.

Why It Matters: By reviewing more than 150 studies, researchers found that activities intended to decrease arousal – such as breathing, yoga and mindfulness – help soothe angry feelings and aggressive responses in a more effective way.  

Read More: Chilling out rather than blowing off steam is a better way to manage anger − new review of 154 studies reveals what works (The Conversation)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas