Anger is a natural reaction to frustration in life. That being said, anger can be problematic if it is uncontrollable, overwhelming, and destructive on a regular basis. People who find themselves at the mercy of these powerful emotions may experience hindrances to their daily functioning—specifically, decreases in quality of relationships, work efficacy, and personal satisfaction.
Fortunately, these intense emotions can be controlled with anger management counseling. Clarity Clinic, located in Chicago, utilizes a variety of anger management techniques in order to reduce both raw emotional reactions as well as troublesome aggressive responses of self-expression. In acute circumstances, Clarity Clinic recommends both therapy and medical interventions.
The natural way to express anger is shown through aggressive actions or words. Anger is a completely normal reaction to what we perceive as threats which allows us to defend ourselves when we are under “attack”. For certain situations, the feeling of anger is necessary in order to survive.
Anger problems arise when we start to physically or verbally abuse or lash out at every irritating or annoying situation. The average person uses both unconscious and conscious practices to process feelings of anger with the three main approaches being expressing, suppressing and calming.
Expressing anger in a firm yet empathetic way is the healthiest way to express your emotions. The priority is expressing your feelings with respect to others and yourself, and without hurting others.
When you suppress anger your thoughts are being redirected to “distractions” or something positive you can divert your attention to. Converting suppressed anger to constructive behavior is healthiest, but anger problems arise when suppressed emotions turn inward on yourself. Inward-focused anger can cause not only mental health issues but physical issues as well.
Calming anger down is the process of regulating your internal response to a trigger that normally makes you angry. This means taking specific actions to help angry feelings pass or subside before you confront what triggered your anger.
If none of these techniques work to help address anger problems, that is when anger management is needed in order to help express these types of emotions.
How Do I Know If I Need Anger Management Counseling?
If you believe that your feelings of anger are starting to get out of control and are having a negative impact on your relationships, work, or other important areas of life, anger management counseling could be a productive step towards managing your emotions in a healthier way. Anger management helps you recognize frustrations early and resolve them in a way that allows you to express your needs — and keeps you calm and in control. Anger management therapy can help you control your reactions to people or things that trigger angry feelings.
Some signs that you need help controlling your anger include:
- Regularly feeling that you have to hold in your anger
Persistent negative thinking and focusing on negative experiences
- Constant feelings of irritation, impatience, and hostility
Frequent arguments with others that escalate frustrations
- Physical violence, such as hitting your partner or children or starting fights
- Threats of violence against people or property
Out-of-control or frightening behavior, such as breaking things or driving recklessly
- Avoiding situations because of anxiety or depression about anger outbursts
How Anger Management Counseling Works
Here at Clarity Clinic, our licensed counselors work closely with you to help you identify signs that you may becoming excessively angry, and will assist you every step of the way to productively handle situations in a healthy way. The goal is to help you express your needs while being in control of your reactions in a calm and collected manner.
Anger Management Techniques
While Clarity Clinic recommends its patients take advantage of a strategic anger management therapy plan to combat uncontrollable anger, we also suggest the following relaxation tools:
- Practice Deep Breathing Before Voicing Your Frustrations
- Engage in Physical Exercise to Burn Off Stress
- Repeat Relaxing Words or Phrases to Help Calm Down
- Take A Solutions-Based Approach to Your Issues
- Immerse Yourself In Comfortable Surroundings, or
- Take a 5 Min Walk Outside to Cool Down
- Know When It’s Time to Call A Therapist
These simple words of advice are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to managing your anger. Clarity Clinic is here to help as your go-to resource.