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understanding angerEveryone feels angry sometimes. It is entirely normal and understandable to feel angry when something negative occurs or if someone is rude or mean to us. Often our anger consists of many different emotions, such as sadness, disappointment, or even stress. For most of us, we can feel anger and eventually go on with our day, knowing we will feel better soon. For others, anger can be all-consuming, heightening until bad choices fueled by anger ruin entire days. When anger is combined with other mental health concerns, it turns into something that needs work. Here are a few tips on managing anger more constructively.

Recognize Your Triggers

What or who makes you erupt with anger? Pay attention and try to notice patterns. When we can successfully recognize our triggers, we can begin working on them and learning to decrease our anger levels. Some people find that keeping a journal helps with this process of discovery. For some of us, it is hard to pinpoint patterns or precisely what is triggering us at the moment. By writing things down in a journal or notebook, we may notice what is happening and when triggers occur. Then, we can develop strategies to address these issues without resorting to anger.

Place Yourself in the Other Person’s Shoes

Sometimes, stopping to think about what another person is thinking and feeling can help to diffuse conflicts. Anger is typically masking other emotions. Maybe that person is suffering and taking out that suffering on you by being rude. We rarely know someone else’s complete story. Having compassion and understanding can help alleviate anger and create a much better situation. It is never fun when others treat you poorly. However, when you stop to realize that the other person may be struggling with an unseen battle, you will probably find it easier to let things go.

Anger is a tricky emotion to feel. Typically when we feel what we call anger, it is actually many emotions all bundled together. If you find yourself consumed with anger, it may be time to learn to better work through those feelings. Some people will benefit from activities such as yoga or meditation. Others will need to recognize and work through triggers. Understanding what works best for you is the key to success. Here at The Guest House, we understand that it is difficult to know where to start. We are here to help you learn more about yourself, what you are feeling, and how to better work through those tricky emotions. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help you at (855) 483-7800.