Anger Management: Impact Chesnee Series
The following post is part of a larger blog series authored by Impact Chesnee High club members. These high school Impact Clubs seek to tackle challenging teen topics with the goal of empowering their peers to make healthy decisions. The teen authors are given discretion to choose a topic of interest and receive mentoring from their club adviser. We are excited to highlight this series and their contributions towards critical dialogue about often overlooked topics. We hope you enjoy.
By Acension Ocampos-Rios
Maybe you have been here before: Anger so intense you can feel it in your body.
Yelling at someone else or even getting to angry you scream at anything that comes to mind. Anger is a serious emotion that you cannot fix just by avoiding it. It grows and eats until you just snap.
Even though anger is a healthy emotion, it is very important that anger is dealt with in a positive way. Why is it so important to deal with anger positively? Uncontrolled anger can cause damage to families friends and any other relationship.
It can also affect your health. The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body.
Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include:
- digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
- increased anxiety
- high blood pressure
- skin problems, such as eczema
- heart attack
Tips on how to help control that fiery temper
Adapted from the Mayo Clinic
- Think before you speak. In an argument people tend to just say whatever comes to their mind and hurt the other person. Take a few minutes before you say something to clear your head and calm down. 2. After calm, express your anger calmly. Express what the issue is calmly and clearly without hurting others.
- Exercising is also beneficial. Physical exercise can help reduce stress. If you get angry go for a run or a walk. Or just do some enjoyable exercise.
- Take a break. Give yourself breaks during stressful times. A few moments of peace may help you calm down and give you enough time to calm down.
- Think of solutions Instead of getting angry remind yourself that anger will only make it worse. Instead ask yourself how you can make things happen without being forceful.
- Don’t hold a grudge. If you hold a grudge you’ll constantly have a build up anger and hatred towards those closest to you. Forgiving will allow the relationship to have more understanding and can strengthen it.
- Laughing is always great! Use humor to face what is causing your anger. Humor helps lightens up the mood. Avoid sarcasm because it can hurt feelings and make things worse.
- Practice relaxation skills Practice breathing skills or repeat a calming word or phrase, such as “relax it’s ok”. You could write in a journal or listen to music. You could also do a few yoga poses, whatever it takes to encourage relaxation.
- Know when to seek help. If your anger seems out of control you should seek help. It could cause pain tho those around you if you don’t.
Did you know that The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health here in Spartanburg offers anger management classes?
The Forrester Center for Behavioral Health
187 W. Broad St., Spartanburg, SC 29306
Monday – Friday: 8:30 – 5:00 PM ET
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