Anger is a common human emotion felt by us all. Although it can vary in intensity from mild irritability to rage, anger can be a very helpful emotion because it can help us identify things that are bothering us and motivate us to make changes. However, anger can become problematic if it starts to affect our relationships, day-to-day functioning or our happiness.
Problematic anger is something that can be overcome, but may require intervention from a mental health professional. Many people struggling with anger issues are inclined to think they are just going through a stressful period and they have it under control, but if you recognise the symptoms outlined in this article, it might be time to reach out to someone for help.
Actions that can help
- Try exercising. When you feel yourself becoming angry go for a run or even a brisk walk, it’s a positive way to release your energy.
- Take a break. No one would begrudge you for excusing yourself from a situation if the alternative is anger.
- Intervene early. Get to know the early signs of anger - such as frustration, agitation and body tension, and take steps to address your feelings before they become problematic.
- Anger often masks another emotion we’re experiencing, such as sadness. Try taking some time to identify difficult situations and feelings which could be leading to anger.
- Recognise it may be a good idea to seek help, anger can’t always be resolved alone and there are interventions that are proven to be useful.