Friday, January 26, 2018

The Importance of Taking a Weapons Safety Course

Each year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed due to improper use of weapons – especially firearms. That is why weapons safety courses are so important to take before purchasing or using any weapon.
Learn Proper Use
If you are using a weapon for self-defense, whether it be a gun, knife, or another form, you need to know how to use it. It is not enough to just have a weapon on your person. In the event of an emergency, you will need to be able to operate your weapon while under stress. Learning safe handling of your weapon will ensure that it is used properly during an emergency.
Prevent Self-Injury
When it comes to handling dangerous weapons, particularly firearms, there is always the risk that you will accidentally injure yourself. A weapons safety course will decrease your risk of being injured while using a weapon.
Prevent Injuring Others
Weapons are serious business. If you are untrained, you risk injuring not only yourself but others as well. It is vital to learn how to handle weapons correctly, so you do not cause injury or death to those around you.
Affordable Courses in English and Spanish

AIC. American Integrity Courses now offers an online basic weapons safety course in their range of court-ordered education programs. For just $25, you can take this course in either English.This course satisfies court requirements for a Texas basic weapons education course. It covers guns, knives, and miscellaneous weapons. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Get the Most out of a Domestic Violence Course

One of the hardest things to admit is that you have abused someone you love. If you have been ordered by a judge to take a domestic violence online course, something has gone seriously wrong in your relationship and your life. Do not let your anger and need for control ruin your intimate relationships. Use this guide to get the most out of your courses.
Do Not Minimize the Abuse
The only way to change for the better is to admit fault. You abused your partner. Period. Trying to minimize the abuse is just a way to make yourself feel better about what you did. It does not help you, and it definitely does not help your victim. In fact, many abusers who try to minimize the abuse wind up back in the cycle of abuse because they wind up manipulating their partner to return.
If you truly want to change, you must take ownership of your actions.
Learn to Let Go
In cases of domestic violence, it is not uncommon for the victim to leave. It is very important that you let them. Depending on the situation, it is unlikely that you will be able to save the relationship. To have successful relationships in the future, you need to learn to let go and put your full effort into the courses.
Make a Genuine Apology – but Don’t Expect Anything in Return

Apologizing to your partner will help you gain closure. Even if they do not respond kindly, or at all, taking that step will help you move on from the situation. Make your sincere apology with no expectation except that this action will clear the way towards a better future for you. 

How to Get the Most out of a Mental Health Day

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Mental health days are extremely important for managing chronic stress and preventing burnout. If you are going through online anger management courses, it is even more essential to schedule mental health days. This guide is designed to help you get the most out of your mental health days.
Plan Ahead
In an ideal situation, you would schedule your mental health day ahead of time. This gives you time to find someone to cover your shift or rearrange your workload. When you plan your mental health days, you will be less stressed and will be able to take your mind away from work.
An unplanned mental health day is perfectly fine as well. If you wake up and feel completely overwhelmed, like you can’t face the stress of another work day, like you’re a worn out rubber band ready to snap – take the day off. Your mental health is just as important as physical health.
Figure Out Your Needs
Do a little meditating, and reflect n your stress. Are you exhausted? Do you need to have fun? Do you need to make some changes in your work or personal life? Once you figure that out, you can decide how best to spend your mental health day.
·         A relaxing day: If your body is screaming for a break, take the time to relax; whether this means staying at home in front of the TV, going to a spa, attending a yoga class, spending the day outside in nature, or reading.
·         A fun day: If you need something fun to get out of a rut, plan a fun event. Whether you want to try something new, go out with friends, or spend time on your hobbies, choose activities that excite you.
·         Making changes: If it seems like stressors are continuing to pile up, take the time to restructure your days. What can you do to avoid specific stressors and avoid an epic burnout?
Make Stress Relief a Priority

If stress is always getting the better of you, try and make managing stress a priority. Start your day with meditation, sign up for a regular yoga class, practice breathing exercises, or plan a recurring mental health day. 

Types of Anger Disorders – Pt. 2

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In our last post, we discussed three different types of anger that can manifest in an individual with anger management issues – including its sneakier form, passive anger. While many experts have published contradicting lists, we have compiled some of the most widely accepted anger types. Here are three more types of anger that you can manifest:
Self-Inflicted Anger – Feelings of guilt can lead an individual to self-inflicted anger. An individual who manifests this form of anger experiences self-loathing and may engage in self-destructive behaviors as a way to punish themselves.
Judgmental Anger – This type of anger is directed towards others. This individual experiences feelings of resentment or contempt towards others around them.
Volatile Anger – This type of anger is excessive or violent anger than comes on spontaneously. An individual with a volatile anger disorder may explode over seemingly trivial things. When we think of anger management problems, this is the type of anger we picture in our heads.

This two-part blog series can help you determine the way or ways in which your anger manifests. If you know which type or types of anger you experience, you can make the most of your online anger management courses and subsequent treatment. 

Types of Anger Disorders – Pt. 1

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There are many things that can trigger a person to become angry, from stress to financial issues, to family issues and more – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have anger management issues. If you have been ordered by a judge to take online anger management courses, you likely have trends in your behavior and emotional and physical symptoms that indicate an anger disorder. An anger disorder can be categorized in the following ways:
Chronic Anger – This type of anger is prolonged. Left untreated, chronic anger can actually damage your immune system. In addition, it can lead to a variety of other mental disorders that will affect your quality of life as a whole.
Passive Anger – This type of anger is difficult to identify because it does not always read as anger – even to the person experiencing it. The symptoms of passive anger include sarcasm, apathy, and meanness. It can also lead to self-destructive behaviors like intentionally performing poorly in social and professional settings, alienating those close to you, or skipping school and work. This type of self-sabotage can sneak up on your more quickly than you think.
Overwhelmed Anger – This type of anger is caused when the demands of work or life become too great for you to cope. The stress of not being able to meet these demands boils into anger that is difficult to control.

These are just three types of anger that you can experience when you have anger management problems. In our next post, we will discuss three additional types of anger.