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SPIRIT Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling & Education  June 2010  · Touching Lives · Healing Hearts
Summer’s Bummers As visions of white, sandy beaches and cool, blue waters dance in our heads, reality often strikes—you’re still at work. While it’s important to find contentment and satisfaction in your job, the lack of a summer break (like those of our school days) can bring frustration over the next few months. Such irritation in the workplace fosters an unpleasant environment that can keep you from being productive. From angry coworkers to angry family members, bad attitudes negatively affect everyone. We’d like to offer suggestions to help mange anger and provide techniques to ease bad tempers. It’s time to sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit. An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes. ~Cato the Elder
The Danger of Anger.  Do you feel like screaming when someone cuts you off in traffic? Do your coworkers’ annoying habits accelerate your blood pressure on a daily basis? While anger is a common emotion that many of us experience, how we handle our anger makes all the difference. A heated response, frustrated demeanor or an aggravated appearance can signal for others to steer clear. If you desire others to see you positively, appropriately managing anger is key to building enduring relationships. Here are a few tips to remember when you feel your temper temperature rising:  1.	Take time to cool-off – Removing yourself from the situation that’s bothering you allows you to gather your thoughts and return calm, cool and collected. 2.	Let it all out, by yourself – As long as you’re not bothering anyone around you, it’s perfectly fine to scream into a pillow, physically “shake it out” or do anything else that helps you relieve stress.  3.	Work it out – Exercising allows the body to release “endorphins” which make you feel happy. 4.	Use “I” statements – In the midst of a heated argument, many people speak in an accusatory manner. By starting statements with “I feel”, it relieves tension in the conversation and your expressions don’t seem like accusations. 5.	Practice relaxing – There are many relaxation techniques that can help relieve frustration. Deep-breathing exercises, repeating a calming word or any other soothing method can help you get a handle on your anger. Service Spotlight  Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  Ike Seminar Series  Are you coping with a flood of sadness? Caught in emotional crosswinds or experiencing a surge of stress?  In the aftermath of a hurricane, we often experience many troubling emotions that make it hard to move on—we want to help.   We’re conducting a seminar series geared toward those struggling with the psychological after-effects of a hurricane. Join us the last Monday of the month (June through September) for a discussion on ways to heal the emotional wounds that linger after the trauma of a hurricane.   June’s topic: How did Ike change your life?  When: Monday, June 28th Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm Place: Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling and Education Cost: Free  Click here to sign-up “Healing Hearts After Hurricane Ike” Counseling Program  The Krist Samaritan Center offers counseling geared toward victims of Hurricane Ike. Our clinicians are specially trained to counsel those dealing with any psychological issues that surface after such a damaging storm. We want to hear your story. To learn more, visit our Web site. Or, to make an appointment, call 281.480.7554.
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