We live in an increasingly fast paced society. With the demands of work, school, and kids, sometimes life can become incredibly frustrating. Little frustrations, like morning traffic or an unexpected bill, can lead to feelings of strong anger and consequences such as impaired relationships.
So what can you do to manage feelings of anger? There may not be one correct way to control angry feelings, but considering these three areas may help.
Know yourself – If you think about your daily life, are there particular times of day or activities that make you mad? If you’re not caught off guard, you may be able to better manage your emotions.
Treat yourself – Plan a couple of simple activities during the day to offset moments when you feel frustrated. For example, go for a short walk outside the office or schedule brief breaks from work throughout the day.
Take care of yourself – With demands of daily life it can be hard to eat well and get enough sleep. But if you can improve your diet and sleeping patterns you’ll be more resilient to daily stress.
And remember that it’s okay to feel angry sometimes! In many ways anger can be a healthy emotion, but it’s important to manage these feelings so they don’t get out of control and cause harm. Sometimes managing feelings of anger can be hard to do on your own. With the help of one of our licensed psychologists you can identify strategies to manage your emotions and improve the overall quality of your life.
Other resources to consider:
- FindaPsychologist.org: Building Resilience Self-Help Resources
- FindaPsychologist.org: Stress Self-Help Resources
- Mayo Clinic: Ten tips to tame your temper
- American Psychological Association: Controlling anger before it controls you