Anger management can be tricky. Nearly all of us feel anger at some point – it is a perfectly natural emotion. However, anger can become a real issue for some people.
In a survey by the Mental Health Foundation, 28% said they were concerned about the amount of anger they felt, and 32% said they had a friend or relative with an anger problem.
Anger is a basic survival strategy that can motivate us to change or protect us from harm. When expressed assertively, it can help us to get our needs met. On the other hand, anger that is repressed or uncontrollable can lead to physical and emotional problems. Tiredness, stress, pain and hormonal imbalances can also affect our ability to deal with anger.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is wise to seek further help:
- Explosive or uncontrollable outburst
- Being violent or controlling of your partner or others around you
- Road or work rage
Some people project their anger inwards, towards themselves, leading to depression or anxiety. It can also lead to issues with alcohol or drugs.
If you’ve reached the point where you feel you need outside help, counselling can really make a difference. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is particularly useful for anger management – you’ll learn many practical skills for managing your feelings more effectively. If you’re not sure what would suit you best, give us a call at Counselling Nottingham at the Wellbeing Clinic and we’ll talk it through.