There are many reasons people get angry: being treated unfairly, having a loss of control, being under a lot of pressure, or they may be experiencing bodily changes that cause major moods swings. Whatever the cause, anger is a normal and healthy emotion experienced by everyone at some point.
Anger can become unhealthy when it’s expressed in a way that is harmful to others or yourself. It’s also unhealthy to hold it in, because it can come out in unexpected ways.
So how can you positively express or manage your anger?
- Leave the situation that is causing your anger
- Work off some steam through sports or punching a pillow
- Strap on headphones and play some tunes
- Find a quiet place to clear your thoughts
If you find that your anger is hard to control, it may be helpful to find support in a friend, family member, or a healthcare professional like a counselor or doctor. While there are many ways to express or manage your anger, becoming violent is never an option. Speaking to someone may help you identify why you’re getting angry and find a positive outlet so you don’t resort to lashing out.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.
Many articles in this section were adapted from WeRNative.org, a website for Native Youth by Native Youth