By Tony L. Sheppard, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA

It's hot outside! With temperatures reaching into the 90's recently, tempers can flare. It's true. Research has shown that when we're hot we can get more hot under the collar. Add in traveling for vacation, more time with kids who are out of school...Whew! Just in time, here are some tips for cooling off when things get HOT:

  1. Take a break-Even a short break to sip some fresh lemonade or iced tea can go a long way to cool tempers.
  2. Breathe-It's true. Breathing calms you. Take a few nice deep breaths. You'll be amazed at what these can do.
  3. Imagine things going well-Ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? The things we imagine happen often do. Use that to your advantage. Instead of imagining the worst...go with the best case scenario.
  4. Talk to someone-Not necessarily a therapist...A friend, your significant other, even a stranger. Talking works. 
  5. Remember the Anger Thermometer and Anger Rules-These tools offer you and your kids a way of thinking and communicating about anger. Even better, they're right here on our website. Print yourselves a copy!

Be Cool with Your Anger!