We all feel angry sometimes, it’s a perfectly natural emotion to feel, and it doesn’t have to be a problem.
However, it’s often how you express your anger that can have a negative impact on you and on those around you. We see many young people with anger management issues and one of the things we work on is how to express your anger constructively.
So, here are our top tips for dealing with your anger in a more positive way:
Deal with your anger immediately
Tackle your emotions as soon as you feel mildly irritated. You’ll find it harder to control yourself if you let it develop into anger.
Pay attention to your body
Our bodies give us physical clues about our emotions. For example, hunched shoulders or an increased heartrate can all happen when anger is building. Recognised those signs early on can help you deal with your emotions before they get out of hand.
Take away the stimulation
If you notice that you get angry when you drink alcohol, take drugs, drink fizzy drinks, or eat sugary foods – stop. Taking away the stimulation will make it easier to cope with your feelings. If you’re struggling to step away from drugs, alcohol, or other unhealthy habits, we can help.
Release your physical tension
Try beating the stuffing out of an old cushion, telling an empty chair how you feel, or going for a run.
Think and reflect
Take the time to think about the situation, what made you angry, how you reacted to your emotions, and how you might deal with similar situations differently in the future.
Feel the fear
Fear can hold you back from expressing your anger, but bottling up your emotions will make things worse. Tackle your fear and express your anger in a positive way.
If you need to talk to someone about how you’re feeling our trained staff are here to listen. You can call our main office on 023 8086 4231 to find out more information about all of our services.