Coping with the Anger Caused by the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on anyone. It has led to excessive anger and frustration and has even given birth to a new kind of rage altogether.
While experiencing and expressing anger is a natural part of our lives, feeling angry all the time is anything but healthy. Here’s how you can combat the feelings of anger caused by the pandemic.
Don’t Keep Thinking of What You’re Missing Out On
The pandemic really did a number on all of us. All of our plans went down the drain once COVID-19 struck, and nothing’s really been the same since. Trust us; we get it. However, as difficult and frustrating as it is to have to adjust to the new reality, you can’t continue to ponder over what could’ve been all the time.
It’s natural to be angry about things not working out the way you wanted to because of the pandemic, but hey, don’t let this become the sole thing you focus on. Instead of thinking of all the things you’re missing out on, think of what you can do to make your life easier, safer, and more comfortable. There’s no point in denying that things have changed. It’s definitely a challenge to not get angry when thinking of the “what ifs” and adjusting to the new normal, but by directing your thoughts to how you can best adapt to your current situation, you’ll be able to curb the mountain of negative emotions you’ve been feeling.
Get Some Exercise
Another way you can channel your feelings of anger in a healthy way is by directing that energy and those emotions toward physical exercise. Studies have shown that aerobic exercise can help reduce anger expression and helps in emotion regulation.
The next time you feel the urge to scream at the top of your lungs or throw random objects around, go out for a run or hit the gym. Exercise impacts you at a physiological level, and can help in alleviating stress and irritability. This can help in relieving feelings of anger related to the pandemic.
Talk to a Mental Health Counselor
Finally, know that you’re not alone in this. We can’t emphasize enough how beneficial it can be to talk about your feelings and get professional counseling on how to regulate your emotions. It can really help you let go of the pent-up anger and enable you to channel it in more effective ways.
Our anger management services can help with this. If you feel that your anger has been getting the better of you these last couple of months, it’s time to make an appointment with our mental health counselor in Winder.