Authored by William G. DeFoore, Ph.D.
These free anger management activities will give you great benefit. All you have to do is tell your story and express what you're feeling according to the guidelines provided. It's as simple as writing down your thoughts and feelings, and nobody has to even read them unless you want them to.
That's right...just writing about what is going on in your life will help you. It's true!
Dr. James Pennebaker from the University of Texas in Austin has found that writing about upsetting or traumatic experiences can be very helpful and even healing.
Bonus! The free anger management activities you will find on this site just might include some free counseling from Dr. William DeFoore, who has over 40 years of experience in helping good people just like you heal their anger and their relationships.
Journaling, or simply writing what you are angry or worried about, has tremendous benefits. You'll also learn about positive journaling, which is just as helpful...but first let's look at the benefits of "opening up."
When you write about what's bothering you:
Even though storytelling and writing about your feelings are not what you would usually consider as anger management activities, I assure you they are.
Why does this work? Because you are your own best anger management resource, and when you do this writing according to these guidelines, you're tapping into that resource.
All you have to do is go to this page and choose a category for your story or question. Then, if selected, your contribution will become a web page, that you and your friends and family can visit, and other visitors can read and benefit from.
Many people have helped and been helped in this way!
Here are some contributions and comments from visitors who have told their story, asked their questions and received the help they needed:
Please click on the above links to read these people's stories. Writing your stories and asking your questions are anger management activities that will help you heal and become the person you want to be.
This is where you explore the wiring behind your hot buttons. All you have to do is write about your memories of being hurt, abandoned, violated, neglected or abused in any way for periods of 15 minutes at a time, until you start feeling some relief.
Here is what I recommend:
When you're done with these six anger management activities, you may or may not want to share any of this with a trusted friend, confidant or counselor. You will know what you need to do when you get to that point. Chances are you will just feel better from these easy, do-it-yourself anger management activities!
Journaling directly from your anger is one of the best anger management activities of all. Here's how it works:
Last but not least among these anger management activities, is the practice of Goodfinding. This is best done through a type of positive journaling (watch the video), which is extremely beneficial for shifting from anger, frustration and worry into a better mood and attitude.
I strongly encourage you to use this exercise to shift your thinking in a positive direction.
Every day, no matter what, write in your journal in these three ways:
Watch the slideshow below to get an understanding of this journaling process and how it can help you!
So here's the ongoing advice...keep journaling. It's a great way to keep your thoughts and feelings sorted out, and as you've read on this page, it could also help you with physical health issues!
Whether it's shocking, funny or infuriating, we'd like to hear your stories and questions about anger management.
You have questions or stories to tell, or you wouldn't be on this site. If you'd like some help, you can get help here. You may feel helped just by writing!
Also, other visitors might be able to help with their comments, stories and questions. Sometimes I (Dr. DeFoore here) offer comments, and I try to answer most of the questions.
Feel free to also review our FAQ page (frequently asked questions), to see if your question has already been answered.
Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...
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