Are you worried about your child's anger? This page is dedicated to resources you can use with your children to explore what makes them angry, how to identify it and what they can do to try and stay calm.
Anger is a normal emotion and can also be one of the most powerful. It is one of the most basic human emotions and can be a physical or mental response to a threat or harm. When we feel angry this can effect how we react to situations. This can become problematic if it persists and we don't know how to manage it.
Anger can take many forms which could be physical, cognitive or behavioural. Examples of this include:
- Feeling tense
- Breathing quickly
- Finding it hard to focus
- Heart racing
- Muscles tense
- Raising your voice
- Storming off
A lot of things can cause you to feel angry. Someone might say something to hurt you, you might lose a game, get told off, break something or fight with someone. All of these things and lots more can make you feel angry. Everyone gets angry at different times or when different things happen. What makes you angry might not make someone else angry.
Everyone will have a ‘trigger’ that makes them angry. These start us feeling angry and our body reacts to it in a variety of different ways.
ANGER WARNING SIGNS
Sometimes anger can affect what you say or do before you even recognize the feeling. This is especially true if you feel angry all the time. You may become so used to the feeling of anger that you don’t notice it. Even if you aren’t thinking about your feelings, they influence how you behave. The first step to managing anger is learning to recognize your personal warning signs that tell you how you feel.
How do you react when you feel angry? Some of these warning signs might start when you are only a little irritated, and others might start when you are very angry.