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Having a short temper can drastically impact your relationships in a negative way. Learning to understand what sets off your anger will help you to control your temper better. If you struggle with a short temper, here are a few tips to help you stay in control.

Determine Triggers

Know what your triggers are. If your temper tends to be shorter in certain situations than in others, work to better understand why. Try to analyze the root causes of your anger and not simply the surface problem. Mental health issues are often complex, and struggles have many layers.

Practice Positive Responses 

Practicing positive responses can be helpful. If you practice how you want to respond, you already know the best actions to take to react appropriately when the moment comes. Practice and role-play with people you trust.

Keep a Journal

Keeping a journal can be beneficial for many reasons. It can help you to learn what your triggers are. Keeping a journal can also help you to see patterns in your behavior. Sometimes patterns are difficult to notice if you are not purposely looking for them.

You can also use your journal when talking to your mental health professional. The more specific the information you can tell your mental health care provider, the better they will be able to help and support you.

Talk Through It 

If you find yourself struggling with a short temper, talk about it with your loved ones. Often those closest to us can see various parts of our behavior that we may miss. They may notice something about your behavior that you never noticed before.

Talk through situations where you find yourself struggling. Your support system may include family members, friends, or professionals. Everyone needs support. Use the people you feel safe with to talk through struggles and open up about goals.

Having a short temper can negatively impact your relationships. Learning how to control your temper is essential. Try to determine your triggers, and practice positive responses. Talk through your struggles with those you feel safe with and trust. Here at The Guest House, we understand how hard changing your responses can be. Learning to understand your temper takes time and effort. We are here to help. We are ready to help you better understand your mental health issues and reach your goals. Call us today to learn about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800