Anger is a normal human emotion. Anger is part of the fight-or-flight system; it can serve a protective function. Feeling angry fuels aggression and motivates us to fight. Stressful situations; perceived embarrassment, humiliation, or bullying; substance use; and some mental illnesses (such as mood disorders, trauma-induced disorders, and some personality disorders) cause people to experience strong feelings of anger. Anger, interferes in relationships, school and work. It can lead to isolation and loneliness, which can be frustrating and fuel more anger. Additionally, anger disrupts mental health by diminishing the sense of happiness and overall life satisfaction.
An effective way to prevent anger from interfering in life is to think differently about situations and people that trigger anger. You can’t control others, but you can control yourself. Determine what’s important to you in your relationships, and speak and act to enhance what’s important. When your instinct is to lash out in anger, stop for a moment, breathe deeply, call to mind your values, and choose your actions and reactions accordingly. You’ll find yourself acting on anger less and preserving what you love, including your mental health, more.