How To Stay Calm in an Angry Climate
Posted July 29, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Some psychologists are blaming Thursday's deadly rampage in Atlanta on accumulated rage. Psychologists say anyone can turn into a walking time bomb without a way to release anger constructively.
Psychologist Dr. Dianne Occhetti says people are working more hours with less time for themselves and their families. Occhetti says the stress adds up.
Experts say people should watch for warning signs, including emotional overreaction to events and a change from normal demeanor.
If anger or stress is starting to get to you, here are some tips for calming down:
It is also important to know your limitations. "Ask yourself how many stressors are in your life right now, and can you handle them? How are you doing that?" Occhetti suggests.
Psychologists also say you can help keep rage from building up by talking to other people, instead of isolating yourself.
Most importantly, do not be afraid to seek professional help.