Do you find it difficult to control your temper at times? Anger is a perfectly normal emotion – it’s the way we express it that can lead to problems.
If we aren’t taught in childhood how to safely express emotions such as anger, or if we’re not shown that it’s ok to have emotions, it can lead to suppression followed by uncontrollable outbursts, or depression as the anger turns inwards.
Can anger ever be useful? It can certainly motivate us against injustice, propelling us to action when we see wrongs being committed. Anger is signalling to us that something isn’t right.
So, anger itself isn’t necessarily the problem. It’s how we manage and express it that can be.
Learning to ‘respond’ rather than ‘react’ is the key to anger management, and that takes awareness and practice.
Here are some quick tips for dealing with anger in a more constructive way:
Counselling can help you manage and respond better in every situation. Learning about yourself and your triggers is the first step towards change.