How to cope with anger? Forgiveness is the key
Are you struggling with how to cope with anger? I recently had an opportunity to practice my coping skills. My husband bought a new e-reader and to use the reader wirelessly, we needed a password. I could not find the password and I searched all day on two computers. Needless to say, my husband got angry and I was frustrated! Our daughter even came over to help look for the password. We never did find the password! Instead, we took the reader, laptop, and router to a computer shop and the problem was resolved.
Perhaps you are angry over a little thing like this, or maybe you are angry because a tragedy has come into your life. Whatever the source of your anger, there are steps you can take to defuse the anger that is brewing inside of you.
It has not always been easy, but I have learned the importance of not holding on to anger. It can lead to bitterness, unforgiveness, substance abuse, extreme stress, and illness. I’ve found that this Bible verse has saved me many sleepless nights: “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry” (Ephesians 4:26). What a great challenge! Dealing with anger before it festers into bitterness is the key.
How to cope with anger – Steps of Action
How to cope with anger – Seek God
I’ve learned that seeking God is a great answer to how to cope with anger. This may seem like a crazy suggestion, but it really does help! My pastor recently said, “People are hurting and they don’t know where to turn. Their fears and frustrations are the result of their inability to cope and situations they can’t change. The more they think of each day’s mundane activities, the more miserable they become with life. Circumstances and problems don’t always change. How you look at them does.”