Is Expressing Anger Good or Bad?
Is anger good or bad? This question depends primarily on your reaction to this emotion. When we feel angry, our first instinct is often to stifle it and continue with our day. However, when we repress anger, we may be making this emotion stronger. By learning how to express anger in healthy, constructive ways, you will gain the ability to communicate your needs more effectively.
What Are Healthy Ways to Express Anger?
Instead of engaging in destructive behaviors when you feel angry, try to channel your anger into positive action. Here are five healthy ways to express anger:
- Take a deep breath: Take slow, controlled breaths from your belly to instantly calm yourself.
- Repeat a calming phrase: The next time you feel overwhelmed, repeat a calming phrase such as “Everything’s okay” out loud or in your mind.
- Paint a mental picture: Creating a mental image of a relaxing place, either real or imaginary, can help calm you in frustrating situations.
- Go for a walk: Moving away from the situation or moving your body can distract you and allow you to release some of your emotions.
- Talk about your anger: Finding a trusted friend or therapist to calmly discuss your anger with will prevent you from bottling up your emotions and allow you to figure out the cause of your feelings.
How to Deal With Our Anger
We all experience anger, and identifying the cause of it is the first step in dealing with it. Learn what makes you angry to identify and avoid potential triggers. You may not eliminate all triggers from your life, but learning what makes you upset will help you respond appropriately to these frustrations.
Once you’ve identified these triggers, learn how to talk about your anger. Constantly venting and replaying the situation that made you angry will only cause your anger to grow bigger. Vent in a healthier way by starting an anger diary to see your situation in a different light.
How Does Anger Affect Us Physically, Mentally and Emotionally?
Repressing your anger can lead to serious health issues. Constant feelings of anger can lead to increased pressure on your heart, causing it to work harder, and a weaker immune system, which may expose you to illness. Failing to express your anger healthily may also lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Finally, lashing out when you’re angry can lead to feelings of guilt or cause you to emotionally harm those around you.
Speak With a Professional at Taylor Counseling Group
If you find your anger overwhelming or would like to speak with a professional, Taylor Counseling Group is here to help. Schedule an appointment online or call 214-530-0021 to speak with one of our support staff.