How to deal with anger
We all get angry from time to time – it’s a natural reaction to the stresses of everyday life, and we can often feel better once we’ve had a good rant! But some people find they get angry for no apparent reason and have trouble controlling their temper. This can lead to actions they later regret, like:
- Breaking things
- Drinking excessively or taking drugs
- Shouting at family and friends
- Harming themselves
- Physical violence to others
If you feel you get angry too often and have trouble containing your emotions, you could look at what might be making you so angry. Is there an obvious reason? Causes might include family troubles like divorce or bereavement, the pressure of too much school or college work or being bullied.
By working out why you’re feeling angry, you can start to tackle the problem. In most cases, the best thing for you to do is talk to someone about how you feel. Getting a neutral opinion on something that’s worrying you can often put the problem in perspective and help you to move on.
You could also look at other ways to deal with your anger and frustration, like:
- Listening to your favourite music
- Going for a long walk to clear your head
- Doing breathing exercises to help you to calm down or counting to ten
- Doing exercise like going to the gym or for a run or swim
- Reading a book or playing a computer game
Just remember that it takes a lot of practice to control your anger – so if at first you don’t succeed, just keep trying. You can get through it.
Useful Links & Contacts
If you feel like you need extra support, the following local organisations can help:
78 Maldon Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3AL
Tel: 01206 541841
17 Cliff Road, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3PP
Tel: 01255 504800/ 01255 240024