It is normal to feel angry now and again when you go through a difficult and challenging situation.
People can express anger in healthy or unhealthy ways. Some can become aggressive or passive-aggressive towards others, while other people may attempt to hide and suppress their anger. When a person uses these types of unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with their emotions, this can lead to further physical and emotional difficulties.
If you are feeling more angry than usual, and have found that it is starting to affect your daily life, there are techniques you can use to better manage these emotions. We have also outlined the professional support available at Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai for anyone who feels that their anger may be starting to get out of control.
What are the common symptoms of anger management issues?
If you experience some of the following symptoms when faced with a challenging situation, you may want to think about whether you have a problem managing your anger:
- You react quickly and often violently to small problems
- You find that you are unable to control angry emotions
- Your heart beats faster and muscles become tense
- Your fists become clenched
- You find it difficult to calm down
- You feel frustrated with your own actions
- Your frequent expressions of anger result in punching objects
- You break things in outbursts of anger
- You find yourself often shouting at people
- You make unfound accusations to those around you
- You are constantly arguing with others
- You start fights over small things and punch people
10 ways to control anger
Here are some useful techniques that you can use to help manage your anger going forward:
Recognise your triggers
Understand what triggers your anger and once you recognise the causes, take steps to remove yourself from these scenarios before things get heated
Try not to react
Try to calm your anger by counting to 10. Also, learn some breathing exercises to help you combat negative or angry emotions
Express yourself calmly in difficult conversations
Use ‘I’ statements to keep you focused on your own views and opinions, rather than using accusatory statements towards others. Think about using phrases like ‘I think that…’, ‘I believe that…’, or ‘I feel that…’
Take regular exercise
Exercise releases ‘feel good’ hormones which can help to relax your body and reduce stress. Exercising regularly can also help to release any build-up of negative emotions, making you feel happier overall
Take a time out
If the pressures of life are getting on top of you, take some time out. Schedule in regular breaks, go for walks in a relaxing space, or take up a hobby that you enjoy
Don’t hold onto a grudge
Holding onto grudges can encourage anger. Try to deal with difficulties or challenges in a constructive manner, and then let it go
Use humour to release tension
Humour in a tense situation can relieve conflict, lift moods, and hopefully diffuse the difficult scenario
Try mindfulness and relaxation techniques
Using relaxation techniques and practicing mindfulness can help you to replace angry emotions with a sense of calmness
Eat a healthy diet
Try to eat a healthy diet so your body receives the essential nutrients to function well. Also, eat serotonin boosting foods to promote the endorphins that lift your mood. These include oily fish, such as salmon, avocados, nuts, spinach and eggs
Know when to seek help
If you find that you continue to feel angry and feel that it is having a destructive impact on your life, and those around you, you may want to seek professional support
What if professional support is necessary?
It can be daunting to realise that you may need professional support to help you manage your anger issues. However, it is an important step to take in order to address your difficulties and to learn how to resolve your conflicts in a neutral and safe environment going forward.
To find out more about anger management counselling offered at Priory Wellbeing Centre Dubai, call (+971) 4 245 3800 to speak to one of our administrative team today, in confidence, or submit an online enquire form.