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Importance of Anger and Stress Management

Updated on October 7, 2012
Anger and Stress Change How You View the World Around You
Anger and Stress Change How You View the World Around You | Source

Anger Management - Is It Really Necessary

Anger management is not something that everyone is taught, but something that everyone needs to know how to do.

When I was growing up I lived in a family where I did not get on with my father. His idea of discipline was to lose his cool and lash out when he did. He would get to such a level of frustration that when I did something wrong, he would hit or smack me. Nowadays this is not considered to be Ok but when I was young, smacking and corporal punishment was the 'norm.'

But nevertheless, I would feel hurt because he would do this and as I grew up I grew more angry and developed an unhealthy 'hatred' for my father. I say unhealthy because the anger and hatred I felt, colored every aspect of my life. I was forever in reactionary mode and was overwhelmed by feelings most of the time. If that sounds like a stressful existence, I can assure you it was!

Being consumed with anger and hatred altered who I was and how I related to others and needless to say I was not a very attractive person and drained and repelled any friends I had as a young adult. It also affected how I related to my children as a young parent. I began to pass on my frustration to my children till I realized what I was doing.

One day I stopped mid-hit after a frustrating day with my eldest daughter and I saw myself repeating my father's behavior. I knew that I could not continue this way of living. I knew I needed help and I needed someone to teach me how to do things differently.

I signed up for an anger management course and learned for the first time in my life, that anger was okay, but it was what I did with that anger that was the issue. I also learned that anger is a secondary emotion and that it stemmed from a primary emotion such as pain, hurt, frustration, disappointment etc. This secondary emotion seemed to be a safer one to deal with, because it separated me from a more painful, powerless feeling, whereas anger tended to fill me with a sense of power.

Except... when anger gets a hold of me, it had all the power, not me... but at least I didn't have to feel the pain, right?

Wrong. Staying angry caused me more pain in the long run.

Even though feeling pain is not comfortable, at least as I worked through it, it diminished, and I actually learned something about myself and others.

If it was something that I felt hurt about that someone else had done, then facing it and forgiving them for it, immediately began to release the tension and helped resolve the issues.

Managing anger is critical to a healthy way of relating, and especially to your own mental health. The right way is to deal with it so that there is no build up. The wrong way is to stuff it down and say it doesn't matter, or equally as bad, stay mad and bide your time till you can make 'em pay and get even... the only thing is it never works out.

Don't the Sun Set on Your Anger
Don't the Sun Set on Your Anger

Stress Management - Where Does this Come In?

Anger and stress seem to go hand-in-hand. The more stress you are under, the greater the potential for anger and frustration.

And also the more issues you have with anger the greater the stress you live with, till something has got to give!

One way to deal with stress is to reduce the stress in your life. Say 'no' to things that are not important.

Perhaps this is a time to evaluate what is really important to you, and how everything you do has an affect on your future. What are your short-term and mid-term goals?

How do all the things you are currently doing and that are taking your time and energy, how are they helping you reach your goals? All the activities in your day, do they serve or hinder you?

Do you have time to unwind and relax, recharge your batteries and renew your vigor? Or do you stagger from one activity to the next, always running on reserve and a really short fuse?

Give yourself a break!

Give yourself time to work through issues so that you are not building up a backlog of frustration and anger. Do not overload yourself so that the stress of everyday life is a cause of that frustration, compounding your anger build-up.

Mama said, 'Don't let the sun set on your anger.' and she was right. Keep short accounts and settle an issue as soon as possible. Be quick to forgive and slow to anger. As much as possible be on good terms with everyone - including yourself.

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    • alancaster149 profile image

      Alan R Lancaster 

      6 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Frustration, anger and bullying are probably all sides to the same social illness that arises from 'iffy' parenting. My Dad was raised in a proper working class Victorian environment we now call 'tough love'. My Ma had a father who thought she was too clever for a girl so he had her hair shorn off to look like a boy. That wasn't tough love, that was plain peasant backwardness that led to her latent dislike of males and everything she considered representative of males (like war and competitiveness). Dad remarried, Ma didn't (she was on her second failed marriage by then anyway).

    • diplorging profile image

      diplorging 

      6 years ago from Serbia

      I agree that being focused on goals can help us avoid stress and be happier in our lives and relationships.

    • Zubair Ahmed profile image

      Zubair Ahmed 

      6 years ago

      hi Johanna,

      A very good hub, you spot on about sorting out issues before the sun sets, too many of us these tend to carry forward issues in our minds which we could quite easily deal with there and then. Thus saving the build up of stress and other problems.

      Voted up and keep up the good work

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      mathira 

      6 years ago from chennai

      Johanna, how true you are in your advice about stress management. Anger has the power to destroy relationships and also your peace of mind. It is sad your father opted for the wrong way of bringing up children. It is love and care that can mould children and I always chose it to bring up my daughter with good results.

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