Anger is natural, and at times a necessary part of life, but when it is out of control it becomes destructive and abusive. Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse, assault and self-harm. Learning how to manage your anger and emotions in stressful situations, is key to healthy relationships both at home and in the workplace.
Many people express their anger in inappropriate and harmful ways, including:
Anger is often a mask for deeply vulnerable feelings such as hurt, fear, shame and grief. Identifying underlying concerns, recognising your anger triggers, and consciously choosing how you react are the keys to successful anger management.
If you frequently find yourself feeling angry, some areas in your life may be in need of attention. Suppressing those angry feelings, or acting out aggressively in anger – verbally or physically – is not the solution to life’s difficulties. It is important to acknowledge that anger stems from our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours rather than other people’s behaviour.
At Live Your Story Counselling Services, our counsellors will assist you in focusing on your own personal traits and triggers and establish helpful and constructive behavioural ways of managing anger when it arises, and to better regulate your emotions. To book a session with a counsellor, please click here.
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