How Stress Plays a Role in Anger

Stress can create a variety of problems, and if you are prone to anger, stress can likely increase angry behaviour.

Stress is more prevalent today, than it has been in the past 20 years. Stress can create a variety of problems, and if you are prone to anger, stress can likely increase angry behaviour. Healthy stress (eustress) is controlled, and can be beneficial to our daily lives. It’s what makes us pay attention to the details of our jobs, what makes us study for our exams…etc. This type of stress does not typically lead to anger or irritability. On the other hand, distress is when a stressor becomes overwhelming and can lead to feelings of anger and irritability. Often, this is caused by stressors piling up. Metaphorically, the volcano is bursting. 

 

While it’s important to remember that everyone experiences stress differently, and everyone’s threshold is different, it’s also important to try to understand what is fueling your stress. What feelings behind the stress are causing your reactions? Once you have this understanding, it’s easier to take the proper steps to begin feeling better and more relaxed. 

 

Additionally, there are many factors in the environment that can contribute to stress as well. Is your work environment stressful? Perhaps your home environment? Are you consuming substances that are adding to your stress?

 

Substances that are known to increase stress and irritability:

  1. Caffeine
  2. Sugar
  3. Nicotine

 

Ways to reduce stress and anger:

  1. Exercise
  2. Hobbies
  3. Self-care
  4. Communication skills
  5. Journaling
  6. Social activities
  7. Yoga/meditation 

The only person responsible for your stress is you. Take the time to analyse how you feel, followed by the appropriate steps for what YOU are experiencing to alleviate your stress. 

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