Anger feels like fire or electricity in the body, and it just wants to come out! So many people are afraid of anger because we weren’t ever taught what to do with it or how to proactively release it. This video explores how to connect with one of your most powerful emotions — anger!
Sometimes it can be scary to connect with anger, especially if we’ve experienced the harm that can be caused when people have lashed out at us. Many of us also know what it feels like to have uncontrollable, explosive bursts of rage, whether they stay bottled up inside or get unleashed on the world around us. However, there are lots of different ways that anger manifests, from boredom, frustration and irritability, to resentment and rage.
As we connect with anger it helps us set boundaries, it protects us, and it gives us information about our needs. When our bodies feel ready to fight, or when we feel clenched tension, or any other physical signs of activation, that’s a great opportunity to choose a hygiene practice and let it move through.
Anger Hygiene Ideas:
- Go for a run
- Scream into a pillow
- Punch a mattress or punching bag
- Play a contact sport
- Call a trusted friend to vent or rant
- Stomp your feet
- Write it out (put pen to paper) and burn it!