Photo Credit: Nomadic LassThere are many reasons people get angry: being treated unfairly, having a loss of control, being under a lot of pressure, or they may be experiencing bodily changes-which could cause major moods swings. Whatever the cause may be–anger is a normal and healthy emotion experienced by everyone at some point.
While it may be hard to manage or express your anger in the moment, you must find a positive outlet. Anger can become unhealthy if it is not expressed-it can be bottled up and come out in ways you didn’t expect. Anger can also become unhealthy when it’s expressed in a way that is harmful to others or yourself.
Here are some tips to positively express or manage your anger:
- Leave the situation that is causing your anger
- Work off some steam through sports or punching a pillow
- Strap on the headphones and play some tunes
- Find a quiet place to clear your thoughts
Check out the Get Help section for some other resources.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.