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8 Tips on Controlling the Tongue Even When You Are Angry

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It’s always possible to control the tongue even when you’re angry. In this article, you’ll get to know eight tips on controlling the tongue.

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Just wondering if you are familiar with this joke that says, “I have to stop my tongue clicking habit.”

Well, that’s because the tongue is powerful, and besides, some people almost got their faces punched as the person in question screams, “what the hell did you just call me!?”

This is just a fraction of what the tongue can cause when it’s not controlled. But we can agree that the tongue has put a lot of people in trouble.

The question now is, did they hope for that trouble? Most likely, the answer is no. The tongue’s work is for tasting, swallowing, and talking, so it could say anything as well.

After all, it’s just an organ of the body, but just like the eyes, you can control what you see and what you don’t want to see. Controlling the tongue from what you would like to say or not is also possible.

What does controlling the tongue mean?

Often also referred to as taming a wild tongue. This means that those who don’t control the tongue are more likely to be caught at one time or another saying something mean or negative about something or someone.

Controlling the tongue has to do with thinking carefully and saying just what is appropriate. Often related to the popular, “if you don’t have something nice to say, just stay silent.”

Tips on how to control the tongue

Here are eight tips on controlling the tongue even when you’re angry.

1. Control your emotions

It’s true that anger if not controlled can lead to some regrettable acts. However, in the case of controlling the tongue – if you are in a sad mood – it’s most likely you will end up saying some harsh words if you don’t control your emotions.

Sure, controlling emotions in negative situations may not be one of the easiest things to do, but it will help you in saving a lot of trouble.

It’s important to note that emotion is an involuntary psychological response to something, based on how one feels. As a result, it has a tendency to make you say some harsh things if not controlled.

Just like the eyes shade tears when we cry, as a result of the emotions we feel. But If you can’t control your emotions, it will be hard to control the tears.

2. Remember to stay calm

You could see this as staying positive, peaceful, and quiet at that point in time. At the very best, it should free you from anger and any form of negativity or anxiety.

And in the end, that will be in your favor because trying to react at that time will likely make you lose control of your emotions.

Just maybe you end up finding it difficult to stay calm, then you could as well try this trick: choose not to react in the first 10 seconds, and after 10 seconds, replace that thought immediately.

The goal is to make sure you don’t give your emotions any chance to control the way you think or act. Calm itself is a superpower, so you would want to utilize it to ease pain and tension.

3. Master the art of kindness

Mastery at something is just a real gem, and it has proven its worth in terms of kindness and controlling the tongue.

In order words, unless you have mastered the art of treating people better, you may find it hard to pay in kind for whatever it is you could be experiencing.

Well, remember that kindness is not a weakness but a strength, and this strength is what you need to control your emotions in any given situation.

It’s safe to say that when you master the art of kindness, you will be able to pay kind even to an insult. The truth is, you win! Your emotions are stable and positive, your mood is not tampered with, and at the very best, controlling your tongue was achieved.

4. Think carefully before speaking

Thinking may not be one of the easiest things, but it’s worth it as well. Because it’s about avoiding to put yourself into trouble.

One of the best things you can do when trying to control the tongue is to actually think before speaking. Of course, the tongue’s work is for talking too, but it doesn’t think, the brain does.

So, in most cases, it is simply to give the organ of the brain the chance to act first before giving a go-ahead to the tongue.

As humans, we always in a haste to speak, but we are hesitant to know what the repercussions of what we say could turn out to be. This makes it very crucial to think first.

5. Let others talk

When utilized to its max, this is one super strategy of controlling the tongue and saving you from lots of trouble.

This is largely common amongst those who are talkative who end up falling into trouble as a result of trying to talk alone and not giving others the chance to talk as well.

In any way, when you give others the chance to speak, you also give yourself the chance to control your emotions, while you give yourself the chance to think before the next word.

And if you’re a good listener, there’s a huge probability that you would sound smart when you speak, if you can make sense out of what others said.

6. Know when to speak

It’s a fact that there is time for everything. And as well, there are times to talk and there are times to remain silent. The problem could be knowing exactly when to speak and when to stay quiet.

But in most cases, if you feel you have to give it a second thought or you think you won’t make sense or you have nothing to say, you know you don’t need to talk.

However, If you have given it a second thought and you know you have something positive to say, then don’t hesitate to do so. You will come off as a positive person when you act like this.

At the very least, you can always tell when you need to talk as long as you always think first and not in a haste to speak.

7. Know what to express

While it’s good to express yourself whenever it is expected, you would also want to ensure that the idea you convey is needed for that situation. When picking your battles, you can also use this trick.

At this point in time, you will be able to be in total control of your emotions, as long as you express what is right. Also, remember that different situations call for different approaches.

In other words, if the idea you’re about to express will not go well with the situation, the best option would be to think deeper for another idea that will correspond with the situation.

Although certain situations may not go well with your emotion, if you don’t consider the fact that you need to control what you say, you won’t get it right.

8. Always listen more

Not only does good listening skills helps to control the tongue, but it also helps you to gain respect, make better decisions, gain respect, information, clarity, and better relationships.

The trick to using active listening as a medium of controlling the tongue is that it will make you good at timing and controlling how you speak.

Sometimes your best response will come as a result of how great you’re at listening than how you are at speaking.

It’s most likely that in conversations or gatherings, what someone said that got the person into trouble is what you were about to say if you were doing more of listening.

At the very best, you can learn from that and be more thoughtful when next something similar to that comes up. That way, you will be saving a lot of trouble.

Wrapping up

It’s hard to hide the fact that the tongue has put a lot of people in trouble they never planned for. This makes controlling the tongue very important.

One would want to avoid saying negative or mean things by thinking carefully and saying just what is appropriate to control the tongue.

Depending on someone’s personality, knowing very well the tip to use in controlling the tongue is also significant.

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