Anger is a universal emotion that we all feel. It is a natural reaction to a perceived injustice. However, it can become a problem when ANGER controls YOU. The kids in the "Just Breathe" video explain what it feels like to be angry and how to calm your body and your mind in the moment. This is also a great video for kids who often feel angry because it discusses anger in a non-shaming way from a child's perspective.
Have you ever driven somewhere and realized when you reached your destination that you didn't remember how you got there? Have you ever been in a conversation and realized you had no idea what he or she just said? Do you find yourself staring at the wall? Do you ever feel anxious but have no idea why? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be living in your head more than in the moment. When we are "in our heads" our attention is usually focused on the past or the future. We think about the things we have said or done and what we should have done differently. We think of upcoming events and run through our list of to-do's. Being in our heads can increase our stress levels, rob us of the joy of the moment, negatively impact our relationships and lower our job performance.
Anger is a natural part of life and can sometimes be useful. It may motivate you to stand up for what you believe in or alert you when your boundaries have been crossed. Being angry often, however, is not healthy and can wreak havoc on your body and your relationships. When you experience high levels of anger your body kicks into "fight or flight" mode and releases stress hormones as well as raises your blood pressure. Some research has even found a correlation between being highly angry often and heart disease. Your health is not the only thing that suffers from being angry often. Your anger may also lead you to become isolated from others and can keep you from getting your relational needs met.