I used to be an angry person. I would quickly get frustrated, feel like I was at the end of my rope, and lash out when things weren’t going my way. These episodes made me feel powerless, but they didn’t have to last forever. After experimenting with a slow lifestyle for almost two years now, I’ve learned that anger can be controlled by adopting methods that help you calm down, relax and enjoy your life more—all while remaining productive. In this post, I’ll share what caused my anger in the first place and how slowing down helped me stop getting so angry all the time!
Why I Got Angry
You may be wondering why I got angry. Anger is a natural human emotion. It’s simply the body’s response to perceived threat and danger. But there are many kinds of threats that can trigger anger in any given situation, so it’s important to understand what led you down this path before you start trying to fix it.
There are many different types of anger as well, each with their own causes and triggers:
- Frustration – A feeling that something isn’t going right or being handled properly (e.g., traffic on the way home from work)
- Resentment – An inner sense of unfairness about some aspect of life (e.g., paying bills after getting paid)
I think it’s safe to say that anger can be a constant presence throughout one’s life. And while I’ve had no trouble identifying what makes me mad (traffic jams!), it’s been much harder for me to pinpoint why exactly those things upset me.
What Slowing Down Did for Me
Now that I’ve spent a lot of time slowing down, I can say with confidence that it’s done wonders for my mental health. Here are some things that have happened since slowing down:
- I’m able to manage my anger better. Before, when I got angry, it would be out of control and uncontrollable. Now that I take the time to slow down and breathe deeply before acting on my feelings, they aren’t as intense or long-lasting.
- My stress levels are lower than they used to be because of all the self-care practices I’ve adopted (which includes spending more time in nature).
- My anxiety has decreased significantly thanks to slowing down—I can tell just by looking at myself in pictures! When you’re moving faster than normal human beings should be moving around, your body sends an alert signal to your brain telling it something is wrong—and while this might seem helpful at first glance, too many false alarms end up causing an overreaction in your nervous system (and hence higher levels of anxiety). By taking things nice and easy (instead of rushing from one place to another), which happens when we slow down our lifestyles enough so that we can feel comfortable doing so without feeling overwhelmed by our responsibilities…
Is a Slow Lifestyle Right for You?
A slow lifestyle is not right for everyone. It doesn’t mean you have to drastically change your life overnight and start living in a Greek village. You can keep working, live wherever you want and choose your own pace of change. But I think it might be helpful to ask yourself these questions:
- Am I willing to take a break from my usual routine?
- Can I commit to making this change permanent?
- Are there any other ways I could improve my mind-set or behavior that would have the same effect as changing my lifestyle?
A slow lifestyle can help you control anger
You can learn to control your emotions, weight, stress and blood pressure. A slow lifestyle will help you do this by improving your overall health. Slow lifestyle is healthy lifestyle and it will help you control anger faster than any other method.
Slow lifestyle means slowing down your life and taking time for yourself. By doing this regularly it will make a person more relaxed in general which helps them deal with stressful situations better because they won’t get caught up in the moment as much if they were calm from practicing slow lifestyles methods regularly.
There are few tips that can help you adopt a slow lifestyle and manage these issues:
1. Prioritize self-care: Make time for activities that promote relaxation and self-care, such as taking a bath, reading a book, or spending time in nature. Prioritizing self-care can help you feel more centered and better equipped to manage your emotions.
2. Simplify your schedule: Simplify your schedule by prioritizing the most important tasks and saying no to activities that don’t align with your values and goals. This can help reduce stress and create more space for rest and relaxation.
3. Practice gratitude: Cultivate a mindset of gratitude by focusing on the positive aspects of your life and expressing gratitude for the things you have. This can help shift your focus away from anger and towards positive emotions.
4. Stay connected: Maintain strong relationships with friends and family members who support your slow lifestyle and can help you manage your emotions. Spending time with loved ones can help reduce stress and promote feelings of happiness and well-being.
Remember that managing anger is a process, and it’s okay to have setbacks. Be patient with yourself and continue to prioritize self-care and a slow lifestyle. With time and practice, you’ll find that you’re better able to manage your emotions and live a more peaceful life.
There is also growing body of research that suggests that a slow lifestyle can be beneficial for reducing stress and anger. Here are a few examples of studies that support this idea:
In a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers found that individuals who regularly practiced mindfulness reported lower levels of anger and stress, and higher levels of positive emotions and life satisfaction.
A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that individuals who regularly practiced gratitude had lower levels of stress and negative emotions, and higher levels of life satisfaction and positive emotions.
A study published in the Journal of Health Psychology found that individuals who engaged in nature-based activities, such as hiking or gardening, reported lower levels of stress and improved mood.
Overall, these studies suggest that adopting a slow lifestyle that includes practices like mindfulness meditation, yoga, gratitude, and spending time in nature can be beneficial for reducing stress and anger and promoting overall well-being.
Want to Learn More?
If you enjoyed this article, go and check out my book: SLOW Life Diet – Greek Village Living: The Pathway to a Healthier Lifestyle, Healthy Habits, and a Happier You.
It provides a detailed explanation of this slow living lifestyle and provides a guide to help you on your journey in adopting the habits and lifestyle into your own life.
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