Anger can help to energize and motivate us to work to address problems with another person or to change our life situation. However, there are potential negative consequences of anger when it is not managed or expressed appropriately.
Prolonged or intense anger contributes to physical conditions such as insomnia, loss of appetite, chronic fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, tightness in the throat, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure digestive problems & heart disease.
Problems dealing with angry feelings may be linked to yelling, cursing, threatening others, pushing, shoving, hitting, hostility, resentment, rage, anxiety, numbness, depression, crying spells, low self esteem & abuse of alcohol or drugs.
Managing anger involves making choices to reduce the frequency and intensity of anger, which diminishes the negative consequences of aggressive outbursts. There are four components to anger management:
1) Self Expression: Promote constructive communication
2) Take Responsibility: To take ownership over your choices
3) Acceptance: Increase frustration tolerance
4) Delay Gratification Manage impulse control
Anger management involves not saying or doing something that we’ll later regret. It involves calming ourselves, making cool-headed assessments of the situation and taking sensible action. Anger management is useful for everyone, since we all have anger and need to cope with other’s anger. Many people seek anger management when they come to realize that their way of moving through life is not working. They have begun to see that it wasn’t bad luck or someone else’s fault.
EAP Assist facilitates and Anger Management App to help you cope with anger problems. Anyone can use it to learn more about anger and how to manage angry reactions. The app provides opportunities for finding support, the ability to create an anger management plan, anger tracking and tools to help manage angry reactions. See: https://eapassist.com.au/wellness-apps/