Get Fit Fast

If some­thing’s ticked you off and you feel like blow­ing your top, here are some ef­fec­tive cop­ing tech­niques

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - CONTENTS -

Tricks to get in the mood for ex­er­cise – and shift the weight!

STEP 1:

Recog­nise

The Signs

Are you clench­ing your teeth, tens­ing your mus­cles, feel­ing flushed in the face? Clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Grant Brecht says you need to un­der­stand th­ese be­fore you can even un­pack the rea­sons be­hind your frus­tra­tion.

STEP 2:

Un­der­stand The Why

In­stead of play­ing the blame game, this is where you an­a­lyse your trig­gers. Grant says, “Un­der­stand that it is not the other per­son or sit­u­a­tion that is mak­ing you an­gry but what you are say­ing to your­self about the sit­u­a­tion.”

STEP 3:

Be Cool, Calm & Col­lected

Trick your brain into think­ing you’re not ac­tu­ally an­gry by tak­ing a deep breath and putting a small smile on your face. Try chang­ing your self-talk to “I ei­ther need to let this go, or work to get a so­lu­tion to the sit­u­a­tion.”

STEP 4:

Take Note For Next Time

Be­ing able to con­trol your anger takes prac­tice. Start not­ing what type of sit­u­a­tions trig­ger your an­gry emo­tions. Is it when you think things are un­fair? When some­one has let you down or lied to you? Or per­haps put you down? Grant adds, “Work out the sit­u­a­tions that you re­act an­grily to and make a pact with your­self to find a so­lu­tion-fo­cused way to deal with them – you con­trol you!”

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