By Lydia Lincke, red belt, age 17
Anger is a natural reaction of the human body, therefore hard to control at times. When somebody makes fun of you, or does something that bothers or frustrates you, it is easy to take it all out on that person or people around you. Especially if that frustration and anger has been building up inside of you for days, or even weeks, it can be very difficult to control. So, we must learn how to take all of our anger, crumple it up, and throw it out the window.
One way to help with this is to think of your favorite thing in the world, for example burritos. If somebody takes your eraser in school without asking and you feel like punching them, just keep your mind on burritos and ignore the rude person taking your things until you've calmed down enough to nicely ask the person to give your supplies back.
Another way to keep your anger at a minimum is to take deep breaths and smile. This may be hard at first but once you get the hang of it, smiling will become more natural than being angry. Usually, when one person smiles, it become contagious, and pretty soon everyone making you angry will be grinning.
Anger management is just one of the many things we work on at the Colorado Taekwondo Instiute. Being angry isn't fun, and it won't get a person very far in life if everything frustrates them. It's good for your health to keep the tension down and just smile and think of burritos.