In learning how to deal with anger, part of the goal is to recognize the triggers, or causes of anger issues, and to then be able to contain them, before they become more problematic.
Here’s a small list of issues that can trigger outbursts of anger, that you may find familiar:
When we don’t get exactly what we want we can get annoyed. Some things can drive you over the edge. Things like: when the mail comes late, when the morning newspaper is found soaking in the only puddle of water in your entire yard, or when you need to be someplace at a certain time, and you’re in a long line at the grocery store.
These are the things which can make us become frustrated and which, if presented to us in a string of bad occurrences can push us to the point that at some time, we just snap… and there goes our tempers along with it.
Many people who suffer from stress will find that it is all too easy for them to lose their temper, at the drop of a hat. If you are stressed out, then most likely these are the times you may feel more vulnerable to losing your temper and getting angry.
Fear can be a big cause of anger issues, and in making you lose your temper. When we are scared of something, we react to it in very different ways, but for many people this usually means they will strive to hide their fears and instead try to be strong and show how angry they are.
Lack of Sleep
If you don’t get enough sleep the night before, or even for a few nights running, not only will you be sleepy and tired, but you will also find that you are on edge emotionally and can blow up at the slightest thing.
Did you recognize any of these triggers?
As you can see, the smallest things can set you off if you’re unaware of them. The key to controlling your anger is to take note of possible causes of anger issues and take steps to control your reaction to them, before your emotions get out of hand.