Our guide to anger management

Our guide to anger management

Our guide to anger management

Published December 14 2015

There are many things that can make you angry or set you over the edge whether it’s sleep deprivation, money or relationship issues or a mental or physical illness, we’re all prone to lose it sometimes.  It’s only natural for us to get angry every now and then, the stresses of everyday life can really take their toll at times. However, for some of us, getting angry is a more regular occurrence which may be very difficult to control. If you find yourself easily angered or have difficulty controlling that anger then maybe you should take part in an anger management course?


But I don’t feel like I need the help?

You may not think an anger management course is something you have to take on, but checking for what makes see red on a daily basis and other warning signs could tell you whether or not you may have a problem with your temper or anger.

Deciding whether you’re easily enraged when driving or commuting for example or whether you find yourself in a lot of arguments with those close to you are among some of the personal evaluations you can take to assess your anger issues. Looking at these aspects of your life and noticing other signs could lead you to admitting you have a problem, which is of course the first step to overcoming it. Having problems with controlling your anger can often make it very difficult for those closest to you, let alone the issues you may encounter yourself. Going on a course to help curb your aggression could be a life changing decision for the better, for you and everyone else around you.


How will a course help me overcome my anger issues?

Anger management courses of course aim to help you identify what sets you off and how best to control yourself when you’re feeling angry. Courses will entice you to open up about your deepest set emotions and feelings to help you conquer your anger.

There are many approaches a professional may take with an anger management course depending on which one you go to. Some may start with identifying exactly what triggers the angry feelings within you and how best to cope with those. Understanding and identifying why you’re angry in the first place is a good place to start to help yourself control it in the future.

Another step you’ll be taken through once you understand why you’re getting angry is to actually learn how to control yourself when that emotion takes over you. Its all well and good preventing yourself from being angry but it won’t help if you don’t know what to do once you feel that way.  You may find that controlling yourself when you’re angry is more difficult than preventing the anger itself. This may lead you to become overly-aggressive or stressed and could make you prone to lashing out at someone either verbally or physically as a consequence.

Courses will teach you to understand the science of anger and how to revert back to a sense of calm once you become angry. Rather than reacting angrily to something, a course will teach how best to express that emotion you feel without being aggressive towards other people. Understanding the affect your anger issue has on the people around is another approach courses may take to make you realise how much impact it can have on your friends, family or partner too.


The health risks of anger

Though anger is a perfectly regular and in fact healthy emotion to have in moderation, being excessively angry can be very detrimental to your health and wellbeing. The psychological effects of it can be profound; many people who have unresolved anger issues may also be prone to suffer from depression or moodiness which may even lead to alcoholism or drug abuse too.

As well the mental effects on the mind, anger problems can be bad for your physical health also. Being angry releases stress hormones which increase your heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature too. If you leave your anger problems to one side it could lead to headaches and high blood pressure as well as far more serious health concerns like a heart attack or strokes.

It’s well worth taking a course for the sake of your health, wellbeing and people closest to you. Most courses don’t require a long term commitment if you don’t want to keep at it but it definitely is worth checking out if you think you might have an anger management problem.