Anger is an emotion that we all experience at times. It is a normal and natural part of being human. Why then, do so many of us struggle with feelings of anger? I think that anger is often viewed as a negative or ‘bad’ emotion. Part of British culture encourages keeping a ‘stiff upper lip’. As a result, we often end up bottling up our anger and covering it with other emotions like sadness, which in turn can lead to anxiety or depression. Furthermore, when we suppress our feelings, particularly feelings that are sometimes viewed in a negative way, we can end up expressing ourselves in ways that are not helpful to ourselves and others.
Anger is a human emotion. It is okay to feel angry. It’s more about how we deal with our anger that’s important.
How do you deal with your anger? Do you bottle up your anger? Do you internalise your feelings, taking your anger out on yourself? Does your anger cause difficulties for you in your relationships with others?
It is possible to manage our anger in constructive ways. I’ve recently come across an article which is a self-help guide to managing anger. It aims to help you recognise whether you may be experiencing anger problems; understand what anger is, what causes it and what keeps it going; and find ways to enable you to understand, manage or overcome your anger. I’ve found the article really interesting, easy to use and informative. Why not take a look?
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