Managing Anger on Your Journey to Mental Well-Being

Mood swings and anger are common symptoms of mental health conditions such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and more. A part of getting help for mental health issues includes accessing treatment. And, a part of the treatment is to address various symptoms, including anger. Learning means of managing anger is a part of the healing process and provides individuals struggling with mental health issues with the tools necessary to heal relationships, maintain healthier relationships, be happier, and establish mental well-being.

At Delray Center for Healing, we provide individuals with a few different tools, including therapeutic outlets, that can provide individuals with the means to better manage feelings of anger.

But, outside of treatment, there are some things that you can do to better manage anger effectively on your own including:

Be Aware of Your Triggers and Recognize Them

One of the most important steps you can take to manage anger is to recognize what triggers anger and mood swings in your life. People who struggle with anger management will have different triggers, and identifying your own can help to recognize these when they occur so that you can prevent an anger episode before it begins. Some examples of anger triggers can include:

  • experiencing criticism from others
  • time pressure
  • being overburdened
  • setting unreasonable expectations
  • feeling underappreciated

Reach Out to Someone Who Understands

Having someone in your corner who gets you and understands what you’re going through and that you’re working through anger management can help. A person like this can make you feel trusted to let go of some of your feelings by talking them out. A listening ear is sometimes a good way to release some pent-up anger and work through some of these feelings before acting out in ways that you may regret. So, set up a support network of people that you trust and ask them if you can reach out to them when you are experiencing anger triggers.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Needs

Self-care is an essential tool for mental recovery, including for people who are working on managing their anger. Practicing self-care can provide you with safe and healthy outlets to deal with thoughts and emotions. And, even help to provide you with better mood management. Some examples of self-care can include exercising, getting enough sleep, eating healthy meals, meditation, journaling, and yoga.

Walk Away

In times of intense feelings of anger, one of the only things you may be able to do is simply to walk away. If you find yourself welling up with anger, you don’t want to act out on it and regret what you say or how you react. So, instead, simply walk away and take a break so that you can catch your breath and decide what you want to do.

Reach Out to the Professionals for Help

Do you find it impossible to deal with your anger? Do you think that your anger may be the result of a mental health issue like depression or anxiety? Are mood disorders and anger negatively affecting your life and relationships? If so, it may be time to get help. Delray Center for Healing offers mental health therapy and other services for people who may be dealing with anger as a symptom of mental health issues. Find out more about our programs, services, and facilities on our website today.