Everyone gets angry at some point - it's part of being human. Anger is a natural response to feeling frustrated, treated unfairly or a feeling attacked.

Useful traits of anger can: 

  • motivate us to change

  • help us identify problems

  • help us to defend ourselves in dangerous situations by giving us a burst of energy


Anger becomes a problem when it harms people around you. If your anger creates unhelpful or destructive behaviour, or has a negative impact on your physical and mental health, then it's time to take action on how to manage it. Simple ways of relaxation can help this. 

Not everyone expresses anger in the same way. Different types of anger include:

  1. Outward aggression and violence - physically violent or verbally abusive

  2. Inward aggression and non-violent - Being abusive towards yourself, telling yourself you hate yourself, self-harming, denying yourself things that make you happy

  3. passive aggression - being sarcastic or sulky whilst not saying what has made you feel angry, ignoring people, refusing to speak to them.

Anger can contribute towards mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

It will damage your self-esteem which could lead to depression, anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, sleep problems or alcohol and substance abuse. It can also be a symptom of a mental health problem, and can contribute towards illnesses such as colds and flu, digestive problems and high blood pressure.

Change your mindset