Keep calm (…seriously) and read on.
How do you calm yourself down when you are mad?
Anger can be a scary and dangerous emotion when an individual act with their heart and not their head.
In fits of rage, a person can unintentionally ruin relationships by saying things they do not mean or physically harming their loved ones. It’s important to understand how to pick your battles and that probably not every issue is worth fighting over.
Start by asking yourself whether the problem is big enough to put all your energy into. Do you want to confront your significant other on cheating accusations? Definitely. Do you want to argue over why he or she watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones without you? You’ll probably want to, but is the silent treatment and screaming really worth it when you can watch the next one together? Is it worth yelling at the new intern because she put two packs of sugar in your coffee instead of three?
It’s understandable to get annoyed, especially if you’re having a bad day or things aren’t going as planned, but it’s not okay to take it out on an innocent bystander, your friend, or the guy taking your order at Wendy’s. Karma is only as good as what you put out so if you’re leaving negative energy, that is all you’ll receive.
Take a deep breath and exhale your negativity. Don’ let your anger get the best of you.
Here are 25 quotes to keep you calm the next time you feel annoyed or angry at your significant other, coworker, or the person who honked at you when the light just turned green.
1. You’re only hurting yourself.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha
2. If it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen.
“If it comes, let it come. If it goes, it’s ok, let it go. Let things come and go. Stay calm, don’t let anything disturb your peace, and carry on.” — Germany Kent
3. Every problem comes with a solution.
“You can’t selectively numb your anger, any more than you can turn off all lights in a room, and still expect to see the light.” — Shannon L. Alder
4. Not every problem is worth stressing over.
“Getting angry in a stressful situation is like trying to clean something with dirt.” — Urbanky Aurel Petru
5. A clear heart is always less stressful.
“Free your hearts of anxiety, pain and anger, to have peace within your heart and soul.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
6. Don’t spread hatred.
“Anger is a boomerang.” ― Karen Salmansohn, Bounce Back!: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity
7. Never let someone dictate your life.
“Whoever is able to anger you is able to control you.” ― Lamine Pearlheart
8. Sometimes the best come back is none at all.
“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.” — Booker T. Washington
9. Nothing good comes from anger.
“Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg
10. Not every bridge needs a fire.
“When one burns one’s bridges, what a very nice fire it makes.” — Dylan Thomas
11. Not every thought needs to be said.
“You don’t have to control your thoughts, you just have to stop letting them control you.” — Dan Millman
12. A calm mind is a stress-free mind.
“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.” — Dalai Lama
13. Letting go is good.
“The day she let go of the things that were weighing her down, was the day she began to shine the brightest.” — Katrina Mayer
14. Pent up anger is only going to ruin your day.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” — Corrie Ten Boom
15. Go for a walk.
“Step outside for a while — calm your mind. It is better to hug a tree than bang your head against a wall continually.” — Rasheed Ogunlaru
16. A queen is never bothered by small matters.
“Keep calm and keep learning.” — Lailah Gifty Akita
17. You get to choose what has an effect on you.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” — William James
18. Karma is real.
“Everything we do is infused with the energy with which we do it. If we’re frantic, life will be frantic. If we’re peaceful, life will be peaceful.” — Marianne Williamson
19. Being optimistic never hurts anybody.
“Choose to be optimistic. It feels better.” — Dalai Lama
20. Don’t be bothered.
“Keep cool, anger is not an argument.” — Daniel Webster
“Everything can be done better from a place of relaxation.” — Stephen C. Paul
22. Forget the problem and strive for peace.
“You practice mindfulness, on the one hand, to be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, as you practice mindfulness and live a life of peace, you inspire hope for a future of peace.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
23. Don’t make an issue out of nothing.
“Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.” — Remez Sasson
24. Never act on anger.
“Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts.” — Ovid
25. You’ll be happier letting go of resentment and anger.
“Life is precious and there’s not a lot of room for anger.” — Fran Drescher
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Amy Le is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.