There are countless reasons why us students might get angry. You might have bombed a test at school that was critical for your grade or fought with your parents or friends. You might have lost an all-important basketball game at school or got rejected from a college you really wanted to attend.
Whatever the reason may be, trying to bottle up that anger and bitterness deep inside of yourself only makes you more prone to venting at the wrong person, putting your relationships at risk. Finding a go-to method of blowing off steam can be essential to balancing your stress. Here are five tried-and-proven methods of venting your anger safely and fully.
Listening to Music
There are two modes of action here: listening to calming music to soothe your nerves or blasting angry music and going absolutely apeshit crazy. Both appeal to their fair share of people, but in terms of personal experience, the latter works most effectively.
Listening to music works wonders for your mental health as both the vocals and the instruments of these songs wail in agony and anger for you. Don’t just listen to it if it doesn’t help enough; scream, shout, and sing your heart out and vent out all your emotions while you’re at it. The internet offers hundreds of different playlists that could meet your craving — simply choose one and let it rip.
There’s nothing quite satisfying as swishing a step-back three-pointer right in your defender’s face, or smashing a volleyball that the defender can’t even hope to return. For some, contact sports like boxing allows you to blow off steam in a more primal way — by trying to beat the living shit out of your sandbag or sparring opponent.
Exercising or playing sports will get both your blood pumping and adrenaline coursing through your veins. Use the pent-up anger and energy from whatever happened that day to power yourself through the game or workout and feel the rewarding sense of achievement afterward as an added bonus.
Talk to Someone
Try confiding in someone you trust, whether it be a family member or a close friend. Sometimes, unlucky events happening consecutively might beat you down to the ground; it’s hard to get up and going by yourself. Leaning on somebody to shoulder the burden with you can be a lifesaver.
I had a similar experience recently — as soon as the year 2019 started, bad things kept on happening to me. I felt as if I had a huge target on my back, with people going around one-by-one, picking away at my mental fortitude. Having someone to hear my side of the story whenever things went wrong was a great way to let some of the weight off my shoulders. I’m sure that it would do the same for you, no matter what kind of situation you’re in.
Watch a Movie
This one’s another method that really helped me out along with the previous one. Watching action movies like “Creed” or “Deadpool” and seeing their respective main characters fighting their way to success by pulling off badass moves can be more satisfying than no other. On the other side of the token, watching family classics like “Home Alone” and “Forrest Gump” can pull at your heartstrings and fill you with warmth and feel-good vibes. Both of these genres are equally effective.
Our Entertainment department at Teen 10 provides a wide array of movie reviews to ensure that you choose the perfect movie for your current state of mind. Be sure to give them a try.
Now, remember to use your common sense when it comes to this method. Breaking a US $500 vase is not going to make you feel satisfied — you’re going to have to clean it all up and then probably get a beating from your parents. Don’t hurt anybody else in the process either; being angry is not an excuse for being a dick.
Choose objects that don’t cost a lot or take a ton of time to clean up. For me, I find that ripping up old textbooks always works. For you, it might take something different. Experiment, but make sure to be smart about it.
Another option that’s increasingly popular these days is using “anger rooms”. These rooms supply you with a tool of your choice (like a bat or a sledgehammer) and objects to break. For varying costs for objects of different size, you can let the inner animal in you loose and break a ton of appliances. The best part about it is that you don’t have to do any of the cleanup required when breaking things at home.
The next time your life comes crashing down, try using some of these means to blow off your steam before you go punching through a wall or kicking a door down.