Anger is an emotion that is useful and necessary as well as harmful. We teach anger management skills as well as interventions for resolving the underlying reasons for an individual’s anger
THOUGHT AFFIRMATIONS TO USE FOR MANAGING YOUR ANGER
Using alternative, positive thought affirmations to counter our negative thinking is an important tool for managing our anger. If we can be mindful and aware of our negative cognitions when we are angry, we can distract or interrupt the downward spiral of distress that we experience by introducing a positive affirmation that counters our negative thinking. These positive affirmations can act as a tool to help us regain self-control and self-responsibility, allowing us to raise our self-esteem.
Positive Thought Affirmations
1. As long as I keep my cool, I’m in control of myself.
2. There isn’t any need to doubt myself; what other people say doesn’t matter. I’m the only person who can make me mad or keep me calm.
3. Time to relax and slow things down. Take a time-out if I get uptight or start to notice my cues.
4. My anger is a signal. Time to talk to myself and to relax.
5. I don’t need to feel threatened here. I can relax and stay cool.
6. Nothing says I have to be competent and strong all the time. It’s okay to feel unsure or confused.
7. It’s impossible to control other people and situations. The only thing I can control is myself and how I express my feelings.
8. It’s okay to be uncertain or insecure sometimes. I don’t need to be in control of everything and everybody.
9. If people criticize me, I can survive that. Nothing says that I have to be perfect.
10. If this person wants to go off the wall, that’s their thing. I don’t need to respond to their anger or feel threatened.
11. When I get into an argument, I can use my control plan and know what to do. I can take a time-out.
12. Most things we argue about are stupid and insignificant. I can recognize that my anger comes from having my old primary feelings re-stimulated. It’s okay to walk away from this fight.
13. It’s nice to have other people’s love and approval, but even without it, I can still accept and like MYSELF.
14. People put erasers on the ends of pencils for a reason; it’s okay to make mistakes.
15. People are going to act the way they want to, not the way I want them to act.
16. I feel angry, that must mean I have been hurt, scared or have some other primary feelings.
18. I’m strong enough to ask someone for help or support.
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