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Anger Management in Times of Crisis

Looking at the news these days about wars, unfair politics, and injustice it can get overwhelming and difficult to take in. These days the media is full of horrible news

6 months ago

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Looking at the news these days about wars, unfair politics, and injustice it can get overwhelming and difficult to take in. These days the media is full of horrible news about Russia invading Ukraine and all the atrocities being carried out for example Russia bombing a theatre in Mariupol where many innocent civilians were taking refuge. Not only that since the beginning of the war cities in Ukraine have been shelled and millions of Ukrainians have left their homes and fled.

Watching what’s happening in Ukraine especially if you have loved ones there can get depressing but mostly it can anger you and that’s not beneficial for the body both emotionally and physically.

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To manage your anger, start by calming yourself down. Sit down and have a glass of water. Take deep breaths and focus on your breathing till you feel your anger subside. When you’re angry it is easy to say something you might regret later so it is better to keep quiet or isolate yourself.

Getting exercise and stimulating yourself physically can serve as a huge distraction from how angry you are feeling. You can go for a run, jog, swim, or cycle. All of these exercises help to reduce stress and anxiety. It also is a way to spend some time alone and can make you feel lighter and better prepared to handle anxious situations.

Try to think of possible solutions that can reduce your anger. In the current situation, donating to volunteer efforts in Ukraine could help or if you are in a country where refugees are coming you can provide them with shelter.

Aizah Hasan

Published 6 months ago