Regardless, usually guided imagery can help with this, at least to some extent. The obvious choice is Anger & Forgiveness. It’s a favorite and it addresses these things in a way that doesn’t reactivate your anger – you can listen to a sample here (please link to audio sample). Most imagery – no matter what the topic – is going to have some impact, because it’s designed to slow you down, take you out of the irritations and thoughts swirling around in your head, and give you some perspective. This by definition balances mood.
I remember when I was testing out what was then our new imagery for Alcohol & Other Drugs. One of our focus groups was an AA group from a prison, and the men were, as expected, a pretty angry bunch in general.
After listening to the imagery, we got some surprising feedback. A couple men said, right off the bat, that it seemed to take away their anger – at least immediately afterward and certainly for the next hour or so that we were all together.
Several said they felt calmer, more at peace. And a couple got connected to some warm and loving feelings that they had for a parent or sibling. So even though the imagery was designed to reduce their addictive cravings, it also had this effect on their anger and mood.
I think it’s safe to say that any imagery or mind-body resource that slows you down and creates a more mellow feeling inside is going to reduce anger, and that’s most of them. But I’d start with that one that targets anger first. If it helps but after a few weeks you grow tired of it, then you can move on to another one that interests you.
Good luck and I hope it helps.
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