Anger is normal and important to our health. It signals when something is wrong.
Anger is usually a secondary emotion tied to a feeling like frustration, disappointment, vulnerability, fear, stress, shame or hurt.
Anger energized you to take action, to get out of the way of danger or to fix a problem.
Denying your anger just pushes it inward to pop up at an inopportune time later or misdirects the energy at someone else. Acting aggressively when you feel anger, whether physically or verbally hurts those around you.
Healthy ways to manage anger include:
1. Take a time out.
2. pause and take a few deep breaths.
3. Repeat a calming word or phrase like "relax" or "it will be okay."
4. Picture a relaxing experience form your past.
5. Check the feeling underneath your anger.
6. Think about how you can address that feeling. Do you need to take action? Change the way you think? Talk to a trusted friend?
Unaddressed anger can affect your health. It's been linked to anxiety, cancer, depression, colds, headaches, heart disease and more.
Seek professional help if your anger is causing you to...
Feel out of control.
Become physically ill or violent.
Get in trouble with the law.
Increase your alcohol use or to use drugs.
Have work or school difficulties.
Have relationship problems.
Learn more about anger and your health at www.pinerest.org/anger