Maybe your partner or spouse makes you upset without meaning to. Or perhaps life in Illinois inevitably aggravates you, causing you to unleash your aggression before you can contain it. To avoid hurting someone and ending up in handcuffs, you should learn to control your anger.

To help, look to the Mayo Clinic. The right guidance can keep you out of trouble and help you understand the root cause of your aggression.

Voice your needs 

Your anger could stem from a need going unmet. Rather than act out that need in a violent manner, do what you can to calm down and verbally express the reason for your anger and what you feel you need to be at peace.

Think before speaking or acting

Anger has a way of leading to more than physical harm. You may fly off the handle and say something you do not mean, which can erode your relationships. Before you utter a word while upset, take some time to truly think about your knee-jerk response and whether your words will prove helpful to the situation.

Start exercising 

If you do not already, engage in physical exercise. The release of endorphins can relieve you of any stress that triggers your anger. When you feel the flames of wrath fanning inside, step away for a moment to sweat out your emotions rather than say or do something that you may regret.

Focus more on solutions 

Rather than waste time concentrating on whatever is making you upset, it is more productive to focus on solutions. After all, talking about how a spill happened does nothing to clean up the resulting mess.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.