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Explains anger, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support. Also includes advice for friends and family.
Anger can cause a rush of adrenaline through your body, so before you recognise the emotion you're feeling you might notice:
Recognising these signs gives you the chance to think about how you want to react to a situation before doing anything. This can be difficult in the heat of the moment, but the earlier you notice how you're feeling, the easier it can be to choose how to manage your anger.
"Breathing techniques have helped me to control my anger. I know that if I take a moment to concentrate on my breathing and not my anger, I'll have something else to focus on."
Sometimes when we're feeling angry, we just need to walk away from the situation for a while. This can give you time to work out what you're thinking about the situation, decide how you want to react to it and feel more in control. Some ways you can buy yourself time to think are:
"What helps me is getting away from the situation to cool down."
There are many ways to calm down and let go of angry feelings, depending on what suits you and what’s convenient at the time you are angry.
This information was published in July 2018. We will revise it in 2021.
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