Night of destruction across DC after protesters clash with police outside White House (The Washington Post- July 1 2020).
Boy who walked out in anger reunited with family (New Straits Times- July 18 2021).
Cops probing case of maskless man seen hurling abuse at stall operator in viral video clip (The Star- July 19 2021).
No matter where or who you are we have all witnessed, read or experienced anger. Angry is defined as having strong feelings about something that you dislike very much or about an unfair situation (Oxford Dictionary).
All of us have anger in us which is normal to a certain extent and the management of this anger or rage matters most. It is an emotion built into us to signal that something needs to be addressed. The headlines above reflect different kinds of rage and circumstances. We should try to control ourselves and not let trivial matters get our blood boiling and send our stress levels skyrocketing. Sometimes it’s not worthwhile to end up in court or even jail. By the time when everything blows over, it will be too late to regret our actions. In the process we might have hurt our loved ones, attract unnecessary attention and negative press. It is difficult to control ourselves at the spur of the moment, but there are several ways and techniques. Some people bottle up their emotions while others explode in a wild rage.
I have seen some people remain so calm and detached and often wonder what is going on in their minds when they should be blowing their top. On the other hand, there are situations where they go ballistic over irrelevant matters. Whatever the circumstances, it is best to remain calm and diffuse the situation. We should think of a solution and discuss it with the other person involved instead of going on a rage to aggravate the situation. Being angry doesn’t solve anything.
Psychologists believe that we will experience increased blood pressure, rapid breathing and the release of stress hormones such as adrenalin and cortisol are set into motion by the amygdala in the brain. It is up to us to act on our anger appropriately.
There are many other triggers of anger especially being disrespected or treated unfairly. Others include being brought up by quarrelsome or abusive parents, feeling violated, threatened or attacked. High levels of stress and anxiety is very common if we live in a city with rush hour traffic. Most working adults suffer from lack of sleep trying to meet deadlines and managing family life. Some are just trying to seek attention.
Unfortunately, there is no clear solution because bottling up our anger or letting it all out in a wild rage does harm. This will lead to stress-related diseases. It’s a good idea to have an engaging hobby such as traveling, listening to music or taking up sporting activities. According to Medical News Today, there are three main steps for controlling anger, 1) Recognize the early signs of anger 2) Give yourself time and space to process the triggers and 3) Apply the techniques that can help you control the anger. Another option is to seek professional or medical help.
‟Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret”- Ambrose Bierce.
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