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What Is Anger?

Anger is a feeling we can have from many different things. We can get angry when things seem unfair. It could be when things do not go our way, or we do not understand something. These are just some of the things which can make us angry.

It is okay to be angry. We just need to express it in a healthy way. When we are feeling angry, it is not okay to hurt yourself or others.

What Does it Feel Like?

Anger can feel different for everyone.


Anger can feel like:

  • Faster breathing
  • Feeling flushed
  • Yelling or screaming
  • Your stomach is turning and whirling
  • Your muscles are ready to run
  • Your heart is pounding and beating quickly
  • You are hot and sweaty
  • You might clench your fists
  • Your body is prickly
  • And more

What Can You Do to Calm Down?

It is okay to feel angry and upset. It is about learning how to express it in a healthy way. Anger will not go away if we ignore it. It can make you feel crummy and not the best. We need to find a way to get it out. Being angry does not mean you can hurt others, yourself, living things, or property. Give yourself a moment before you act/speak.

Things you can do to calm down:

  1. Take slow, deep breaths
  2. Scribble on a piece of paper
  3. Yell into a pillow
  4. Play a game
  5. Go outside
  6. Get active
  7. Listen to music
  8. Dance
  9. Play an instrument
  10. Write it out
  11. Take a break
  12. Watch a funny movie
  13. Think of what is bothering you and think of solutions to deal with it
  14. Talk with a loved one

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