Take a breath: Controlling anger and rage

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February 19, 2013, 8:36 am

(NECN/AP) - A Minneapolis woman says her 2-year-old son was traumatized by a man accused of slapping the boy and calling him a racial slur during an Atlanta-bound flight.

Joe Rickey Hundley, of Hayden, Idaho, has been charged with simple assault. His attorney said he will plead not guilty.

The woman told authorities her son was crying as the Delta Air Lines flight prepared for landing.

Hundley, 60, was sitting next to her and slapped the boy in his face, causing a scratch under his right eye, she said.

Hundley "told her to shut that (N-word) baby up," FBI special agent Daron Cheney said in a sworn statement. "Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane."

While the case is extreme, there are other situations where people often feel extremely irritated with things going on - which are uncontrollable.

Dr. Ryan Madigan, Psychologist at BU's Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, stopped by "The Morning Show" to discuss the case and share some important tips for calming down:

How to calm down

Distraction technique:

- Take a walk
- Think of something else
- Splash water on your face
- Chew on some ice
- Watch a video
- Physical exercise

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