Does your anger scare you or your family? Is stress taking over your once happy life? You don’t have to throw up your hands and live with it.
Everyone gets angry or stressed from time to time, especially in this day and age when everything and everyone are moving fast. But what if your anger is something that is putting your job in jeopardy? Or your marriage? Or your sense of self? Anger is an internal emotion that can turn to external behavior. It can come out in the form of yelling, destroying property, or violence.
And what about stress? Stress is incredibly prevalent now because people’s lives are so busy. Everyone feels it at some point, but if it’s persistent, it can impact your life, your happiness, and your health. Here’s what you need to know:
Anger is often related to many things. Normal life circumstances, feeling that someone did something wrong to you, other people’s behavior, injustices in the world – these can all bring about feelings of aggravation, irritation, and even rage. Expressing anger is a natural human response to these things, but when it becomes out of control and results in frequent angry outbursts, aggression, or even violence, it’s a sign of anger issues.
There can be underlying causes for anger issues. Sometimes it’s rooted in financial issues, family or relationship issues,
low self-esteem, lack of trust in others, a history of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, or even genetics. Causes can also include mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and addiction. These can all lead to anger management issues. If left untreated, anger issues can lead to lost jobs, failed careers, marital discord or divorce, broken relationships and friendships, and even criminal convictions.
Everyone feels stress, but an abundance of it can lead to anxiety, emotional distress, agitation, irritability, moodiness, feeling overwhelmed, burnout, difficulty relaxing, low self-esteem, and depression. Stress, whether mental, emotional, or physical, can also result in physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, weight gain, sleep loss, high blood pressure, and digestive issues. Cognitive symptoms can also result, including the inability to concentrate, racing thoughts, forgetfulness, lack of focus, pessimism, and poor judgment.
Long-term stress can take a toll on your life and your health. Gaining control and managing it is crucial to prevent damage to your relationships, your job, and potentially your life. It’s not always easy to identify triggers and find a way to reduce and manage stress. Professional counseling is often a great option for people suffering from extreme stress.