Anger is healthy emotion . . .
Anger is stimulated when we experience or perceive anything that may be a threat to us. Therefore anger stimulates the body to release adrenaline to give us the energy we need to take action to prevent harm. When the action we select is healthy for us and those around us then our anger results in good, but when we use unhealthy or inappropriate ways to address threats it can damage relationships, and yourself as well.
If you find yourself using unhealthy or inappropriate ways to deal with your anger then counseling can be a great resource to help you find alternative ways of addressing your anger. Some things you will learn are:
- Become more aware of your feelings and behaviors.
- Begin to take responsibility for your emotions and responses.
- Self-talk. What you say to yourself will determine how you think and feel. It is a choice.
- Do not take responsibility for people and other things that you do not have control over.
- Develop resources and a support system that encourages the positive changes in you and in your life.
- Self-care behaviors. Eat, sleep and exercise well. People who take care of themselves feel better about who they are, have more energy, and are more likely to be happy.
- Develop positive alternative responses to counter the anger responses, then practice rehearsing the new responses.
- Keep a journal to track and reinforce change. A journal will also clarify issues that require further problem solving, or dysfunctional patterns which are keeping you from the progress and change that you desire.
You don't have to wait until your first appointment you can start all of these today.