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These economic recommendations may sound strange to include as ‘anger management‘ techniques but they can be vitally important in managing anger – not really of great use when anger strikes but definitely of great benefit for long-term prevention.  Economic stresses can be some of the longest-running and most severe of all stresses leading to anger.  This has been especially the case within the past two years -since the 2008 financial crisis- and has been publicized widely in the media within recent months.  The fact that the years we are living in -regardless of our personal opinions- are classified as the ‘austerity years’ suggests that personal finance and the management of personal finance is an increasingly important consideration.

Whether we believe that are personal and/or family finances are in order or not, occasionally for all of us, there will be financial stresses.  Many of these, such as dealing with the local bank over the phone or in-branch, can be extremely stressful and anger for us.  Therefore, these economic techniques -while sounding quite irrelevant at first- can have a dramatic impact on our long-term anger levels.

STAY IN FULL CONTROL OF PERSONAL FINANCES

Staying in control of personal finances is an extremely helpful way of dealing with anger.  I know from personal experience, family and friends how stressful letting our personal finances get out of control can be.  It is one of those situations when while not addressing the situation the problem only gets worse and often tends to play on the mind all hours of the day and night.  ‘Getting the books straight’ as it were is also not simple, but it is really worth making the effort to ease the mind.

Keeping our personal finances under control is one of the most effective and deep-rooted ways of tackling stress and helping to reduce anger.  By doing some simple things, such as checking bank statements regularly, filing paperwork in order and keeping files up-to-date – can greatly reduce anxiety and the anger that arises from this.    This may sound trivial and irrelevant advice for managing anger and yes it will not work for combating anger during an angry incident, but can be highly successful for limiting and preventing anger in the long-term.

SAVE MONEY FOR A HOLIDAY OR OTHER ENJOYABLE ACTIVITY

This is extremely difficult for many of us at the present time.  If finances permit, a good way to help reduce anger is to bring pleasure into our lives, most ideally by taking a holiday or visiting a location that we do not normally visit.  This does not have to be expensive and is the same advice that I have already discussed; allowing ourselves personal relaxation time.  The point about taking a holiday in a different location is two-fold.  Firstly it can give us something very positive to look forward to and secondly, whilst on holiday -providing the visit goes to plan- we should have a relaxing time and are also removed from stressful locations within our day-to-day lives.  The saying ‘a change is as good as a rest’ is applicable here.

If financial circumstances do not permit such a lavish trip, then a day visit can be just as good – maybe a walk out into the country, to the seaside or simply to a different city.  It must be remembered however that (a) saving money for such visits should not cause additional stress and if so it could do more harm than good and (b) that this can help reduce anger in the short term but is by no -means a solution for reducing anger.  It should merely act alongside all other recommendations here.

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