Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Thursday 05 August |
The Commemoration of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
home iconLifestyle
line break icon

If you lose your temper easily, these exercises could help



Edifa - published on 03/16/20

These tips can help you to eliminate this poisonous habit in your life.

Losing your temper has been likened it to a disease that destroys the inner and the outer peace of all those who encounter it. But it’s possible to remedy this flaw without losing your personality.

Take a step back using some humor

The very fact of acknowledging and accepting the problem is the first step on the path to better control of your anger or frustration. The next step is detecting the detonators before they cause you to explode, and to know the physical signs that accompany your anger (breathing, heartbeat, etc.).

But often this is not enough to calm down, is it’s also important to learn how to take a step back with good humor. For example if you hear harsh words addressed to you, simply say: “What you’ve told me really hurts.” This is bound to confound the other, who doesn’t necessarily harbor any ill will.

In all these cases, you need to resist acting out in anger. But if you can’t prevent your anger from boiling over, you need to repair the damage caused by it. Most importantly, you need to quickly apologize, because forgiveness is the soothing ointment that allows one to move on with a lighter heart.

Kindness and humility toward the other … and toward ourselves

More fundamentally, taking the advice of St. Francis of Sales, we should all work on developing the virtues of kindness and humility to prevent ourselves from exploding with anger. Let us treat others with kindness and humility instead of imputing bad intentions to them. And let us show some compassion for ourselves in appealing to God’s mercy.

Marie-Noël Florant (Marriage counselor)


Read more:
What to do if you lose your temper a lot around your family


Read more:
Padre Pio encourages us when we keep losing our tempers

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Saint Mary of the Angels
Bret Thoman, OFS
All your sins will be forgiven if you go to a Franciscan church o...
Philip Kosloski
Most priests can’t absolve these sins
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
Cerith Gardiner
Nightbirde’s beautiful message as she drops out of TV show
Gianmarco Tamberi AND Mutaz Essa Barshim
Cerith Gardiner
This Olympic event captures the true meaning of the Games
See More