Anger Therapy – Counselors and Therapists in Columbia, SC
You just arrived home from a stressful day at work, and you really want to put your feet up and relax. But, you find the house is a mess, nobody pitched in to do chores, there’s dinner to make and your son has football practice in an hour. You can feel the tension in your shoulders, your blood is starting to boil and the anger is starting to take control.
When you recognize that minor annoyances often give way to angry explosions, it may be time to consider getting help for anger issues. While anger is a normal and sometimes healthy emotion, it can cause serious health risks when it is out of control. It can affect relationships with your family, friends, and coworkers. Thriveworks anger therapists in Columbia, SC with people to pinpoint anger and its triggers and find healthy responses to it. (803) 477-3736
Anger Can Lead to Illness
When anger is not managed, the results can range from minor to more serious health issues.
Untreated anger can be a catalyst for:
- head and back pain
- a spike in blood pressure
- stroke and
- cardiac arrest
It can lead to lower self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, a weakened immune system, substance abuse and more.
Causes of Anger
Many things can trigger anger, and it is important to know what they are in order to be able to manage them effectively. The following are common triggers.
Anger over long durations regularly can cause insomnia.When you are not getting enough sleep, it is easier to become frustrated and angry. You are not feeling the energy for the demands of work, school or other responsibilities. You may raise your voice in anger, view things negatively and take your anger out on the people who are close to you. People feel they have to tiptoe around you like they are stepping on eggshells.
There are times when you do not have control over a situation.You may be driving to an important job interview and find that the traffic is backed up in front of you as far as they eyes can see. Your heart begins to pound, your body feels clammy, and your hands are sweaty.
If you did not ace the exam you studied so hard for, or the project that you worked on for hours didn’t impress the boss like you thought it would, you feel like a failure. Your day—and night—are ruined. You find yourself snapping at coworkers, family members, and friends.
Tips for Controlling Anger
The professional therapists at Thriveworks in Columbia, SC will help you to find out what causes your anger and how to manage it. When you feel angry, these are some of the things you can do immediately to help.
Meditate.You can regulate your emotions with meditation. If you are feeling like you are going to lose control of your temper, take a mental vacation through meditation.
Remove yourself from the situation.Go outside for a jog, walk up and down a stairwell or retreat into the bathroom in order to get away from the source of your anger.
Count backward from 50.When you count aloud—even whisper the numbers to yourself—it can calm you down in less than a minute. Keep the body calm while counting so the only thing you focus on are the numbers. This simple task will keep you from being overwhelmed in the moment and help you face the problem with a more even head. Still angry? Repeat the exercise, but now count back from 100.
Reduce anger by turning on positive thoughts.Close your eyes, banish all negative thoughts and think of three or more positive things. The thoughts can be positive outcomes of the situation you are worrying about, thoughts of something you have to look forward to or something that makes you happy.
Don’t let anger hold you captive another day. Call Thriveworks Anger Counseling in Columbia, SC today. We offer convenient appointment times – day, evening, and weekend appointments. We have no wait list for anger therapy – you can often get an appointment within 24 hours. Plus, we accept most major insurance plans; so getting anger help may be more affordable than you thought.
You can find freedom from anger. You deserve to live a happy and meaningful life – one that’s not controlled by anger. You can thrive and we can help. Schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks anger therapist in Columbia, SC today. (803) 477-3736