Everyone experiences anger every now and then. However, when anger becomes uncontrollable, the result can not only affect the quality of your life, but may potentially damage your relationships.
Certain trauma in your life can cause anger to arise and become uncontrollable. This emotion is usually a response mechanism to other feelings including powerlessness or helplessness. Self-inflicted and chronic anger can result in serious impacts on your quality of life, and can also cause other mental disorders to come to the surface.
Some physical signs that you may have anger issues are:
- Increase in blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Headaches and pressure in your head
Why do I need therapy?
Anger management therapy is an effective program designed to prevent and control anger outbursts in individuals. It is an important tool in the transition from uncontrollable anger to controllable, safe emotions, especially when anger outbursts are having a negative impact on your work or social life.
Avoiding treatment for anger issues can result in only worsening the problem. If you feel like you hold onto grudges, can’t let go of anger and feel as if you’re always on edge, this can end up affecting your day-to-day activities, your productivity and your social life.
It can also result in physical damage. With headaches and chest pains common in people experiencing uncontrolled anger, these factors can take a turn for the worst over time and complicate health conditions, as well as put you at risk of cardiovascular issues.
What can I do now?
Therapy is a necessary step in taking control of your emotions again and dealing with any underlying issues contributing to your anger, but, in the meantime, there are steps that you can take to help minimise your anger.
- Exercise – Regular exercise can be a safe way to release unwanted energy.
- Practice relaxation methods – Whether this is meditation, visualising calming images or simply taking yourself to a quiet space in tense situations, find out what makes you calm and use these places or things as getaways.
- Express yourself – Many find it hard to express how they’re feeling in a non-aggressive manner. Practice letting others know that you are upset or annoyed at something, but ensure it’s in a non-confrontational tone.
- Change the way you think – This usually requires professional help, but it’s still possible to change the way you evaluate things by avoiding negative or demanding phrasing.
If you are in need of therapeutic assistance in anger management, speak to one of our professionals today.