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What Is It?

Anger is a normal emotion that we all experience. It is often as a result of thinking that we have been unfairly treated or disrespected, or that others have broken rules. Thinking this way makes us feel angry, which can affect our physical feelings. Often when people are angry they experience a number of physical sensations such as their heart racing, feeling hot and clenching their fists. Sometimes, when people get angry, they feel they are unable to control what they do in the situation. Some people can lash out at others or become verbally aggressive.

What Might Help?

  • Talk to someone. Talking through situations that are making you feel angry can help. It also may offer a different perspective on the situation.
  • Identify Your Triggers. Being aware of the different things that make you feel angry.
  • Work out what coping strategies work for you. Examples to reduce anger include walking away, counting to 10, taking deep breaths or distracting yourself. Challenging the angry thoughts can be helpful too.
  • Get active. Doing physical activity is a great way of releasing stress and tension.
  • Seek professional help. If you feel like anger difficulties are having a big impact on your day to day life and are affecting school, social life and family life, it may be helpful to consider speaking with your GP about options available.

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