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Managing Stress and Anger Effectively

Everyone feels stress and anger at different times in their lives. There are those that feel stress and anger more than others, As a manager, stress and anger are a constant in my job. The positive stress is energizing and gets you motivated and excited about taking on new initiatives. The negative stress can interfere with your professional life and also take a toll on your personal life. It takes a fine balance of managing stress and anger to be a effective manager.

There are tools for a manger to use and actually they work for anyone who faces stress and anger in their daily lives. Examples of different ways of handling stress and anger:

* Exercise and relaxation techniques can have a significant impact on being able to handle stress and anger.

* eating well and avoiding the junk food that always seems to be around like doughnuts, cake, candy,

* examine what situation or people cause you to feel stressed or angry. Be honest about exactly what is causing the stress or anger in those situations.

* Look inside yourself and develop a plan to reduce the intensity of how you react to situations.

* limit your intake of caffeine beverages, alcohol and smoking. Coffee, alcohol and smoking may help you with stress in the short frame of things, but they will not help you to deal with stress and anger in the long term.

* Find some time during the day, even if it is for 5 minutes and practice visualization. Find a quiet place and imagine you are in a beautiful placing relaxing, it will energize you and help you to deal with even the most difficult situations.

Whenever you are feeling under pressure, it can be helpful to find other people to talk with. Another mind can help you look at alternative solutions to things and also gives you a vehicle to vent. Everyone needs someone to bounce off feelings and ideas from time to time.

A manager can benefit from building a strong professional network by becoming involved in their professional organizations. It is always helpful to mingle with peers working for other organizations in your field. This is a way to gain insight to deal with those stressful situations that increase stress and or cause anger.

Successful managers should never fear making mistakes, you can learn from them. Learning is part of the continuum in a workplace and help can with the ways to deal with stress and anger. If you examine what happened, acknowledge your part in the mistake and look at what you can do differently next time, managing the stress in that situation will be easier to handle. It will also build confidence that the next time you will know how to respond correctly, in turn decreasing the stress and or anger that may have occurred the first time the situation happened.

Whenever someone is in stressful situations, they tend to act quickly and sometimes without much thought. If you are angry, think before you open your mouth. Choose your words and be clear that your response to a situation fits with your own goals. In stressful situations be careful about the tone of your voice, or that you are showing increased irritability. You should always have a back up plan to deal with when you are feeling emotional. Simply excusing yourself from a room or even talking to yourself, taking a deep breath and calm down. Remember that you can control your emotions and no one else can do that for you.

Coping with stress and anger takes skill and personal management, A manager has to learn to adapt to constantly changing circumstances or situations and maintain a positive outlook. It is not easy, but with a personal commitment to handle situations in a professional and confident manner it is possible.