Anger is one of those things that burden us.
We live in a world of fear and anger. The world makes us believe what we can’t do and it angers us. It drives us insane and it makes us do things we regret later in our life.
But one thing for sure, anger is not all that bad as long it’s used properly. Especially if it’s used at the right direction! When we learn to embrace anger it becomes a window.
I’ll show you! But first, let me tell you one of my experience and how I overcome them from time to time.
The angry me!
As a young person, I am prone to anger. Especially, when there are things going on with my life and there are many things to think about.
There are things I did in the past that I regret, but many times those helped me realize my situation.
I’ll give one example!
There was a girl that I used to like. Let’s call her SA (If you read my heartbreak post, you will know this story). We didn’t get along after our misunderstanding and I tried to reconcile with her. I wanted her to forgive me. From time and time, I sucked it up and tried my best to repress my emotions.
Despite her rejecting all my attempts, I never gave up on her. That kept going on for 6-7 months, but no prevail.
During the first phases, I hit a depression and it was frustrating. Every day felt like hell!
As time went by, my frustrations piled up.
Until one day in March of 2017, that’s when I got angry. I yelled at SA and her friends because it brought flashbacks of the person that I care. Let’s her call her KA.
My thoughts were “KA was hurt because of them in the past. I didn’t want to stand there and do nothing!!”
So, I shouted at them. I became enraged!
I was seeing red and black. I didn’t think clearly. I heard SA was really scared. But, I didn’t care at that time.
Was that a mistake on my part? Definitely! Because that didn’t show who I was as a person and it frightened some people. I might have caused casualties, which I’m glad never happened. Or else, I would regret it for the rest of my life!
Later that evening, it helped me realize I needed to finally let go.
Anger definitely has disadvantages! Especially the consequences that happens after it happens. So, you guys better be careful!
Scary. Being angry makes you look scary! I mean, it’s obvious! Who wants to deal with that!?
- I remember after I got angry at SA and her friends, SA got frightened. So, it did make me look scary. Did I regret it? In the beginning, yes, but not anymore. Did I make a mistake by shouting? Yes, I did, but I was grateful no one got hurt.
- I learn to calm myself first before an outburst and think things through. Or else, I’ll look like the Beast from ‘Beauty and the Beast.’
Relationships. Anger causes relationships to fall apart. It leads to consequences that could be difficult to restore.
- Sometimes, I offend people when I am angry, so it does leave a scar on them. Sometimes, I regret doing those things, but we learn from them and we move on.
Pride. In my experience, anger is usually triggered by pride. Everyone has egos that keep them protected. So, when that protection is gone, people can’t help but feel a sudden burst of emotions.
- Sometimes when I get angry, I feel my pride has been hurt. I do have a slight ego, so that’s the thing I always try to improve on.
Control. Sometimes, we can’t control ourselves during an outburst. We just allow it to control us and that’s our choice too.
- Honestly, sometimes I lose control when I get angry. I say things that I didn’t mean to say.
- I learn to control myself by deep breathing. Deep breathing through the stomach helps clear my mind. Meditation helps as well!
Learning a lesson and personal responsibilities. Sometimes, after getting mad you start regretting. SO, when you regret, you begin to learn from that regret and dislike feeling that way.
- Everytime I get angry, I tell myself “I shouldn’t have done that :(.” It does make me think for a while. But after learning from it, I feel grateful afterward.
- In my opinion, anger reminds me of my weaknesses. Whatever offends me tells me more about my insecurities.
Health. It’s healthy because it helps release tension in the body. In my opinion, tension is like your repressed emotions. Tension that leads to consequences like violence and insanity. Sometimes, we hold back our anger, which builds up until no return. And, when things don’t go our way, we release all that built up anger to anything we see. So, getting angry is okay if we put it in the right place.
- When there were moments that I repressed my anger, it made me feel horrible inside and my day would feel terrible.
- What I do, I go to an isolated place and start getting angry on my own. I shout, punch the wall, sometimes cry. After doing that for some time, I feel fresh and relaxed. I felt like the weight on my shoulders disappeared. Another way I do it is to talk to myself and express what I’m feeling. A lot of times, I learn something about myself.
Relationships. So, getting angry helps improve relationships. You express your frustrations to whomever that you had a fight with and try to resolve it.
- Sometimes, we have difficulty expressing our frustrations towards anyone. But, it’s okay to become vulnerable. You let them know what boundaries not to cross next time it occurs.
- However, what I learned is that it’s only effective if we express our feelings without blaming. We tend to blame anything that we think that caused us to feel angry.
Boundaries. It reminds others to not cross our boundaries and it’s healthy to have them.
- Anger is like a reminder that we have things we need to protect and value.
How to manage it?
Accept it. Ignoring the feeling of anger or repressing it can give you unstable reactions in the near future. You have to admit your anger because if not then it causes a person to feel terrible. Once you accept your anger, then the weight on your shoulder disappear.
- In the past, I didn’t want to admit that certain things made me angry. So, if didn’t help my cause. It made me feel more depressed as time went by. It’s toxic!!
- I overcame this by admitting what always made me irritable. When I did that, I felt better and I became more aware of my thoughts.
Question yourself. You have to ask yourself, why a certain thing is pissing you off! You have to take your time to get access to yourself. Instead of question other people who piss you off, why not question yourself too. Sometimes. blaming others is easy, but it’s hard to look at ourselves
- I had that issue in the past. I never questioned my anger, so I blamed others for not doing things as I wanted or expected. I had some pride back then, so admitting myself that I could be wrong didn’t cross my mind.
- But this all changed in 2017 when I shouted to SA and her friends. I was becoming the person that I despised. I wanted to change that, so I became more self-aware.
Choice. It’s our choice to change. We have to realize the consequences of this action if it goes out of control.
- In my case, I chose to feel angry at times. Our emotions are our choice after all. Only I can give myself permission to feel offended by others. We hold our own doors to people. Nowadays, if people try to hate on me on purpose, I just close my door and shrug it off. Shrugging your shoulders helps too!
Embracing and expressing. Telling people how we feel when we are angry is helpful. Embracing the emotions and thoughts when it occurs feels more liberating. Instead of pushing it away, we have to see for what it is. Anger is an emotion and it should embrace the same way as happiness. It also feels better to express the things that make us angry.
- Before I used to blame people for my anger, but it never helped. It only made things worse. I channeled my anger towards people instead of self-expression.
- What I’ve learned when trying to express my anger, it’s better to let the other party know how you feel about their actions instead of blaming. For example, use “I feel …… when you do this ……” instead of saying “You always do this and that and this …….” It’s showing your vulnerability, which helps the other party to relate.
It’s okay to feel angry and it’s healthy. Even I struggle with it.
Anger does have its disadvantages where it makes you look scary and out of control, but does have advantages.
Advantages for health and learning lessons!
Anger is healthy! If we repress our anger it expands and can cause a larger problem! So, express your anger. Express it without judgment and a healthy way. Never in a violent way.
Expressing how we help to liberate us and understand ourselves. You begin to accept the emotion and yourself.
When you understand your own anger, it helps to understand others feeling it.
Thank you for reading and please a comment!