Anger is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. Anger can be understood as a primitive instinct that we share with our early ancestors, designed to protect us from something we perceive as potentially harmful. We may become angry as a result of feeling tired, stressed or frustrated, or if a basic need is not being met, or is being threatened in some way (food, shelter, sex, sleep etc.). We can also experience anger as a secondary emotion, as a result of feeling sad or frightened. Anger can negatively impact our ability to communicate effectively with others. The hormones we produce when we feel angry can increase heart rate and blood pressure as our body prepares to ‘fight or flight’.
Physical health impacts we may experience as a result of being angry regularly or for prolonged periods of time include aches and pains, high blood pressure, disrupted sleep and an impair immune system. Psychological problems that can result as a consequence of prolonged anger, include depression, low self esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse and self harm.
Therapies that help
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy helps you to identify how you would like to be able to manage your anger and supports you to explore the difference that managing your anger better would make to your life. Your Solution Focused Hypnotherapist will work with you on a conscious and subconscious level to help change your negative thought processes. This may involve relaxation techniques and suggestions from your hypnotherapist to help you gain more control over your emotions, so that you find it easier remain calm and clear minded.
Counselling provides a space in which you can talk about your problems with a trained professional, who can help you explore the causes of your anger and ways to manage it. This can help you work through your feelings and improve your responses to situations that make you angry.
In traditional Chinese medicine, emotions and physical health are intimately connected, and anger is linked with the stagnation of liver energy. Acupuncture helps restore free flow energy to help restore physical and emotional wellbeing. Acupuncture alleviates stress that can precipitate feelings of anger, by releasing chemicals in the brain called endorphins and reducing stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline. The calming experience of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
Narrative coaching looks at the story surrounding an action or lack of action, exploring the words the client uses and where the root of the issue might lie. Being forward focused we will discover practical applications for this information and if desired set a focused plan in place to achieve change.