What is Anger?
Anger is a strong emotion that can range from mild irritation to intense rage. It is often caused by a perceived threat or injustice. When someone is feeling angry, they may experience physical and emotional changes such as increased heart rate, tensing of muscles, and feelings of agitation. Anger can lead to aggressive behaviors such as yelling, hitting, or property damage. It can also cause problems in relationships, at work, or with the law. If someone is struggling to control their anger, there are many resources available to help them learn how to manage this emotion in a healthy way.
Self-help for anger
There are several self-help strategies that people can use to help deal with their anger. Some of these include:
- Identifying the signs that you are getting angry, such as a pounding heart, feeling hot, or clenched fists.
- Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation.
- Thinking about positive outcomes of the situation that is making you angry.
- Challenging the thoughts that are making you angry. For example, if you are thinking “this is unfair”, challenge that thought by asking yourself “what would a fair outcome look like?”.
- Distracting yourself from the situation that is making you angry by doing