When you really move it, you will lose it. I am referring to anger, frustration, and intensely sorrowful situations. Sometimes it isn’t one situation that gets us going, but a buildup of all those irritations, concerns, and worry. The temptation is to vent it on people and objects. We really, really shouldn’t be taking it out on people; however, taking it out on certain objects can be very satisfying — such as punching a heavy bag.
Putting on gloves and punching a bag is a good option, so are going for a brisk walk, running and doing dishes by hand.
Take Anger Out On a Bag
I like to punch and kick. You only need to learn a few basic moves to get moving on your heavy bag. Punch it, kick it, dance around it… If you do not have a bag and gloves, you can easily find them at a sports and fitness store.
More Exercises for Working Out Anger
- Go for the high-intensity interval walk or run.
- Go for a bike ride
- Turn on the music and bang your head or whatever it is that you like to do with your music
- Do cardio, but use your free weights.
- Do as many pushups as you can. Inhale on the down, exhale on the up.
- Or crunches – crunches work, too.
- Throw some baskets.
- Kick a ball.
- the list can go on and on…
Vent Your Anger on Household Chores
My mom was right. Doing housework can be a great tool for stress relief. Even if you hate housework, just pick a chore and don’t stop until it is done.
I have found that doing the dishes by hand forces me to calm down in order to avoid breaking things, but at the same time, the repetitive work helps me to focus on my thoughts, do my “yelling” in my brain, and consider others’ perspectives.
Scrub the tub. I don’t know anybody that enjoys scrubbing a tub or shower, but it is very physical, a great way to work through an adrenaline rush, and when you’re done, you will have a sparkling tub in which to take a relaxing bath.
Whether you exercise to get anger out or you work out anger in another way, when it comes to life’s frustrations, it is better to vent it before you try to deal with it.