With more than 1 in 10 people saying they have trouble controlling their anger, it is becoming increasingly important to identify and address the key triggers before they have chance to develop. Saturday 1st December marks the beginning of Anger Awareness Week 2018; a week dedicated to encouraging a discussion about the importance of recognising anger and how it can be effectively managed.
Anger is an emotion experienced by everyone in varying degrees, which can stem from feeling anxious, fearful, threatened or disrespected, so it is important that we open up conversation on the most effective ways to deal with anger and how to keep it under control.
Recognising the warning signs
There’s no denying that our modern day busy lives are full of minor frustrations that can easily lead to increasing anger, but recognising these signs before they escalate is crucial in maintaining a healthy mind.
Feelings of anger can manifest themselves in several ways, with early indications including a fast heartbeat, rapid breathing, tense shoulders and clenched fists. Recognising and understanding these signs allows you to take the time to think about how best to react in this situation to avoid outbursts of anger.
Finding a solution
There are many ways in which you can take simple steps to improve wellbeing, which provides an overall affect in how you deal with stress, pressure and anger, enabling you to regain a clear, healthy mind. Discussing how you feel with a friend or someone you trust is a simple but effective step in dealing with bouts of anger, enabling you to shift your perspective to gain a more positive mind-set.
Other practical ways in which you can support positive wellbeing and decrease anger include:
- Exercising regularly and applying any negative energy into physical activity
- Finding balance in your life and assigning yourself some ‘me time’ doing something you enjoy
- Removing yourself from the situation that may cause feelings of anger by taking a short walk to shift your focus
- Doing something creative to channel your energy such as painting, writing or dancing
Anger is a common human emotion which takes on many forms and affects everyone. If you are worried about the effect of anger on yourself, friends, family or colleagues, then it is important to seek the necessary support. Below we have provided the details of useful organisations that are on hand to help you deal with anger or other aspects of your mental health, putting you on the right track to better health.
SupportLine: 01708 765200
AVP Britain (Alternatives to Violence Project): 020 7324 4755
British Association of Anger Management: 0345 1300 286
National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Alternatively, if you or someone close to you has difficulty controlling their anger and reacts to stress or pressure with outward aggression, speak with your GP about stress and anger management courses.
For more information about Anger Awareness Week and detecting signs of anger visit www.angermanage.co.uk/national-anger-awareness-week/