Anger Management at Thriveworks in Spring Hill, TN
While everybody gets angry sometimes, out-of-control rage is not good for you or those around you. When you can’t control your anger, you may drive dangerously, get into fights, yell, and call others insulting names that you can’t take back.
Anger can also wreak havoc on your body. Research has shown that anger can increase the chances of developing coronary heart disease, as well as result in a worse outcome for those individuals who already have a history of heart disease. Anger can also lead to stress-related issues, such as poor sleep, digestive problems and headaches.
The experienced therapists at Thriveworks in Spring Hill, TN have worked with thousands of people with uncontrollable anger for the past decade. Thriveworks therapists will work with you to recognize the causes and triggers that make you angry and find healthy responses for it.
Things to do When You Feel Angry
Give yourself a break. Schedule some time for yourself during the stressful times of the day. It may be your rule that you get 15 minutes all to yourself when you get home from work. This quiet time can help you feel more prepared to deal with the demands of your children and spouse without blowing up.
Consider timing. Have you noticed that you and your spouse seem to fight at night? Maybe it is because you are tired after a long day, distracted by something else or just used to fighting then. Make sure to talk about important subjects at other times, so the talks don’t turn into arguments.
Avoid the things you can. If walking past your child’s sloppy room makes you furious, shut the door. If your spouse leaves everything strewn throughout the shed after working on a project, try not to go in it. Don’t look at what makes you mad, and don’t tell yourself your child and spouse should clean up so you won’t be angry. The point is to keep calm.
What Causes Anger?
When you are tired, especially after a long day at the office or while working on a project, you can become short-tempered and irritable.
- Financial problems and stress from dealing with debt.
- Feelings of failure and disappointment.
- Crimes like burglary and violent acts committed against you or somebody close to you.
- Unfair treatment.
- Being bullied or humiliated.
- Being told that you or somebody you are close to has an illness.
- Things you can’t control, such as traffic jams.
- Being threatened.
- Feeling powerless.
Anger Can Make You Sick
If anger isn’t managed in an appropriate way, it can lead to an assortment of health problems. When people are angry—the same as when they are stressed—the body releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which can cause an increase in blood pressure, breathing rate and the body’s temperature. Some of the health problems caused by anger are:
- Heart attack
- Weakened immune system
- Sleep problems
- Lack of self-confidence
- Substance abuse
- Skin irritations
Healthy Ways to Manage Anger
The following suggestions may help when dealing with anger.
- Walk away from the situation temporarily until you are able to cool down.
- Recognize and accept the emotion as normal and a part of life.
- Try to pinpoint the exact reasons for your anger.
- Do something physical, such as going for a jog or playing a sport.
- Keep a diary of your angry outbursts to understand why you get mad.
- Do relaxation techniques, such as yoga and meditation.
- Exercise regularly.
- Stop and listen to what the other person is saying and think about what you want to accomplish. This can save you from the anger and the wasted effort.
- Find humor to defuse the situation. If you can find a way to put the situation in a comical context, you might be able to change your perspective. Don’t take the situation too seriously.
- Get out of the house, the building or wherever the source of your anger is. Take a break and walk around the neighborhood, get a cup of coffee or run an errand. The change in scenery can help your mood. Upon your return, the issue that caused such anger may be viewed in a fresher way.
Don’t wait any longer to begin anger management control at Thriveworks in Spring Hill, TN. Therapists have worked with many people with anger management control issues and want to help you to recognize the causes of your anger, teach you how to respond to its triggers in positive ways and provide the most effective anger management treatment plan. Call Thriveworks in Spring Hill, TN at (931) 499-3135 today to get started on the path to leading a healthier life.