Anger Management at Thriveworks in Mechanicsville, VA
You have been passed over for a big promotion at work again. You are livid that it seems other people get ahead in the organization, but you are overlooked. The anger is bursting inside, and you walk around the office feeling resentful, often replying negatively to any suggestion that is brought up by your coworkers. While your anger at not getting the promotion may be legitimate, you may not realize the toll that bitter actions take on your health, coworkers and career.
Workplace anger is not only potentially harmful to the organization, but it can wreak havoc on your health, including chronic anxiety, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease. Learning how to deal with your anger constructively will improve your well-being and make you a more desirable and promotable employee.
For more than 10 years, Thriveworks in Mechanicsville, VA has worked with people to help them with the anger that takes control. The experienced therapists will work with you to find the triggers that make you angry and create a plan to help you respond to them in a positive way.
How to Control Anger in the Moment
When you feel angry and need to calm down, the following tips may help:
- Take a break as soon as you find that you’re angry.
- Breathe deeply.
- Talk to someone you trust and let them know what is making you angry.
- Practice positive self-talk. (Make a mental list of things that make you happy, what your good qualities are, the things that you do well, etc.)
- Think about a happy scenario, such as a great vacation, a place that makes you feel comfortable and secure, etc.
Expressing, Suppressing and Calming
People deal with anger in the following ways:
Expressing. When people are angry and show it aggressively, it only makes the situation worse. Instead, it is necessary and healthier to express anger assertively.
Suppressed. When you keep anger inside, try not to think about it or turn your thoughts to something else, it can be unhealthy. Holding anger inside can increase it and make it uncontrollable under pressure. It can cause health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes, as well as anxiety and depression. Suppressing anger can lead to becoming overly negative, result in poor relationships with others and make you unhappy.
Calming. By using physical and cognitive strategies to deal with anger, it will help to calm you down. This is the healthiest approach to dealing with anger.
Quick Tips to Calm Down When Angry
The following are tips to use when you feel angry.
- Think before you speak. Try to count to 10, 20 or even 100 before you respond.
- Once you’re calm, express your anger in a clear, assertive, non-confrontational way.
- Get some exercise. Walking, running and just about any sport you like gets you out in the fresh air and away from the problem.
- Timeouts are not just for kids. Taking short breaks during times of stress and to allow for some quiet time may help with handling situations that get you irritated or angry.
- Identify possible solutions to make the situation better right in the moment. If a child’s room looks like a tornado hit it, close the door and walk away. If a project is not turning out how you would have liked, research tips to make it better or ask for help.
Don’t wait any longer to begin anger management control at Thriveworks in Mechanicsville, VA. For a decade, therapists at Thriveworks have worked with thousands of people to help them find the causes of their anger and provide ways to manage it. Call Thriveworks in Mechanicsville, VA at (804) 980-7242 today to get started on the path to leading a healthier life–mentally and physically.