To prevent anger and hostility and to avoid
Seek nonhostile ways to resolve conflicts.
Arguing is fine, even healthy, as long as it does not turn violent.
Prevent violence with guns and other weapons.
Do not provide your children or teenagers
with unsupervised access to guns or other dangerous weapons.
keep guns in your home.
If you have guns in your home,
unload them and lock them up. Lock ammunition in a separate
Do not keep guns in a home where there is someone who
has a drug or alcohol problem, is prone to violent behavior, or has threatened
Make sure that no one in your home will have access to
guns or other weapons unless he or she knows how to use them safely.
Take steps to lead a healthy life.
Engage in some type of regular physical
activity. Exercise is one of the best ways to release all types of stress,
including anger. A brisk walk is a good way to start. For more information, see
Establish a healthy sleep pattern. Try to
get the same amount of sleep each night.
Limit your use of
alcohol, and do not use other drugs, such as cocaine, crack, or
methamphetamines. Alcohol and drugs may make your feelings of anger and
hostility worse and make them even harder to handle. For more information, see
Alcohol and Drug Problems.
Think about your relationships with others.
Don't spend time with people who are apt to make you angry or who add negative
energy to your life.
Think before you act. Take time to stop and cool
down when you feel yourself becoming angry. Count to 10, or practice some other
form of mental relaxation. When you have calmed down, you will be better able
to deal with your conflict thoughtfully.
Teach your children that
anger is not a solution.
Give your children consistent love and
Settle arguments without yelling or
Do not use physical discipline, such as spanking or other
corporal punishment. If you need help controlling your
children, consider taking a course in parenting skills.
child's exposure to TV, movies, and video games. Watch television with your
children to discuss or limit violent content.