Anger

Anger is a normal healthy emotion, but when it spirals out of control or if it interferes with different domains of your life than you may consider seeking professional help. So, while it’s normal to feel angry when you’ve been wronged or mistreated, anger becomes an issue when you express it in a way that harms yourself or others. Chronic, explosive anger can have serious implications for your relationships, your health and your state of being.

Symptoms:

  • Knots in your stomach
  • Clenching your hands or fists
  • Feeling clammy or flushed
  • Breathing Faster
  • Headaches
  • Pacing or needing to walk around
  • “Seeing Red”
  • Having trouble concentrating
  • Pounding Heart
  • Tensing shoulders
  • Tips to manage Anger:
  • Identify the negative thought pattern that triggers anger
  • Avoid people, places and situations that bring out your worst
  • Focus on the physical sensations of anger and tune into your body
  • Take some deep breaths
  • Exercise
  • Use your senses and take advantage of the relaxing powers of your sense of sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste, e.g. listen to music or picture yourself in a favorite space
  • Stretch or massage areas of tension
  • Slowly count to ten
  • Give yourself a reality check: How important is it in the big picture? Is it worth getting angry about it? Is it worth ruining the rest of the day? Is m response appropriate to the situation? Is there anything I can do about it? Is taking action worth my time?
  • Pinpoint what you’re really angry about
  • Take a Break, if things get too heated
  • Fight fair
  • Make the relationship your priority
  • Focus on the present
  • Choose your battles
  • Be willing to forgive
  • know when to let go

Consider Professional Help for anger management if:

You feel constantly frustrated and angry no matter what you try

Your temper causes problems at work or in your relationships

You avoid new events and people because you feel like you can’t control your temper

You gotten in trouble with the law due to your anger

Your anger has ever led you to physical violence.

More Help for relationships or Communications:

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