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  • Writer's pictureKim Colman

ANGER IS A VALID EMOTION

Sometimes when we have experienced a traumatic event, we may be left with feelings of extreme anger.

Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something that you feel has deliberately done you wrong. Anger can be a good thing. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, or motivate you to find solutions to problems. But excessive anger can cause problems.

Anger is like a hot coal, which when held onto, will burn and harm you. You need to find a way to let go or release this anger.

Here are a few anger releasing exercises that you can try: –

  1. Exercise any form of exercise even just going for a walk will be sufficient.

  2. Practice controlled breathing Breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Place your hand on your stomach and feel your breath here and not in your chest. Breath in for the count of 4 and out for the count of 4.

  3. Practice progressive muscle relaxation – Focus on tensing and relaxing particular muscle groups in your body, while inhaling deeply and slowly. For example, start with your shoulders, then work down your arms, torso and legs.

  4. Journal Start a daily journal and write down your frustrations, angers and fears. This helps to get them out. You can verbalise on paper what you would have liked to have said or done. You can even tear these up and destroy them.

  5. Meditation Meditation not only decreases anxiety and alleviates depression, it also can help you maintain your calm even during upsetting experiences. It can also help you to sleep better.

EFT(Emotional Freedom Techniques) or also known as Tapping is also a very effective way of helping with Anger. Tapping is an emotional version of acupuncture, but instead of using needles, we stimulate the well-established energy meridian points on the body by tapping them with the fingertips. The technique is gentle, and you remain relaxed and fully clothed at all times. This is a skill that you can learn and do for yourself or to help others.

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