BLOG: ANGER MANAGEMENT
Thinking like this will keep you focused on whatever it is that’s making you angry. Let these thoughts go and it’ll be easier to calm down.
Try to avoid using phrases that include:
Sometimes when people talk about “anger”, what they actually mean is aggression. Often when people experience or appear to show anger, it’s because they’re also feeling fear or perceive a threat, and they’re responding with a ‘fight’ response to this.
You might be angry that something hasn’t gone your way. But you may also be scared that you might be blamed or hurt as result. Recognizing this might allow you to think and act differently.
If uncontrolled anger leads to domestic violence (violence or threatening behavior within the home), there are places that offer help and support.
You can talk to your therapist about your anger issues.
Stress is healthy when controlled. Healthy stress is what gets us out of bed in the morning and makes us pay attention to the details throughout our day. This type of stress does not cause anger or irritability. For those who do not have enough stress in their lives, they are often referred to as “lazy” or “unmotivated.”
Distress, on the other hand, is a type of stress that causes many people to be irritable and sometimes downright angry. This happens when the stress is too much and is no longer a motivator. You can think of this as when there is a combination of stressors and things just keep piling up. One day, the person does not know how to handle this anymore and there is an anger outburst.
When you are feeling either stressed or angry, there is some other feeling that is fueling this. Often, it is being overwhelmed, feeling disrespected, helpless, fearful and so on. It is very important to look at the feelings behind the stress to better understand why you are having this reaction.
Once you have identified the feelings and thoughts associated with your stress, take a look at your environment. Do you live in a chaotic home environment or perhaps a have a work environment that is adding your stress? When you identify your environmental stressors, take some time to identify ways to limit these stresses in addition to changing the ways you are thinking.
Substances that often increase stress and anger:
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