Not many of us will get through life without feeling some anger now and then. And that’s okay; anger is a normal human emotion that can even be healthy to feel at times. Bottling up our emotions, any of them is not good for our minds, hearts, or bodies, so letting them out is important.
Having said this, it’s important to express our anger in a manner that doesn’t bring emotional harm to anyone else. When expressed in a loud manner, anger can seem very scary and hostile to the people around us. At the same time, angry people tend to have trouble hearing others and empathizing with their feelings.
Do You Have an Anger Problem?
It’s not always easy for people to recognize whether they have a problem with anger management. You may assume how you feel and act is how everyone feels and acts. But recognizing you may have an issue is the first step in getting the help you need.
The following are some symptoms and scenarios that indicate you may have an anger management problem:
1. You have shown violence toward others.
2. Your anger has led to you breaking the law.
3. You have deliberately damaged property or broken things.
4. You regularly argue with loved ones.
5. You feel angry and tense all the time.
6. You notice that when angry, you feel completely out of control and are worried about what you might do.
Can you honestly relate to any of these? If so, the good news is, anger can be managed.
Mindfulness for Anger Management
Anger that is left to fester can lead to mental and physical health problems. Anger can negatively impact the relationships you have with loved ones, work colleagues, and most importantly, yourself. Chronic raging anger can also lead to poor health outcomes such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
One of the most effective therapies for treating people with anger issues is hypnotherapy.
Mindfulness based therapy can identify the underlying source of anger and then help the person change their thought patterns. Anger management issues typically stem from past experiences. These experiences become embedded in a person’s psyche where they tend to shape their belief system and behavior for the rest of their life. It allows a person to get into a relaxed mental state where, with the help of a therapist, they can tap into the unconscious mind to change their negative thought processes. This in turn will change how the person reacts to certain anger triggers in their life. After a series of hypnotherapy sessions, the person should begin to feel calmer and more relaxed even when “provoked.” They can then relate to others in a more appropriate way.