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QAnger tells us we need to take ac­tion to put some­thing right. It gives us strength and en­ergy, and mo­ti­vates us to act. It is dif­fer­ent for every­one, and can be an emo­tional mask to cover over other up­set­ting emo­tions. Things that make some peo­ple an­gry don’t bother oth­ers at all. It can also be a part of grief. If you are strug­gling to come to terms with los­ing some­one, the char­ity Cruse Be­reave­ment Care can help. Angerg is a nor­mal, healthyy emo­tion. How­ever, it can be a prooblem if you find it dif­fi­cult to keep it un­der con­trol. Reecog­nise your anger signs. Soome­times your heart beats faaster and you breathe quicker, pprepar­ing you for ac­tion. You might also no­tice other signs, such as ten­sion in your sshoul­ders or clench­ing your fists. Count­ing to 10 gives you time to cool down, so you can think more clearly and over­come the imm­pulse to lash out. Breathe out for longer than you breathe in, and re­lax as you breathe out. This will calm you down ef­fec­tively and help you think more clearly. Once you can recog­nise that you’re get­ting an­gry, and can calm your­self down, you can start look­ing at ways to con­trol your anger more gen­er­ally. If you feel you need help deal­ing with your anger, see your GP. There might be lo­cal anger man­age­ment cour­ses or counselling that could help you. Search ‘anger’ on NHSin­form.scot for more in­for­ma­tion.

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