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“How Can I Express Anger in a Healthy Way?”

How can you express negative emotions in a positive way? Is there a way to express anger without hurting others? This question is for all relationships, not just with boys.

Anger is something that everyone experiences periodically. Just like any other emotion, anger has its purpose and when utilized correctly, it helps us navigate through life. Anger is designed to tell us that something is wrong so we can correct the problem. There’s nothing wrong with experiencing anger from time to time; however, it’s how you deal with your anger that matters. Here are a few tips to help you express anger in an appropriate manner:

  • Pray FIRST. Before approaching someone you’re angry with, it’s essential that you pray. The enemy is always looking for a way to create havoc in relationships, so don’t give him any leverage. If possible, pray with the other person, but if that isn’t an option, pray alone. Ask God to give you the words to say and ask The Holy Spirit to guide the conversation.
  • Try waiting until you’re calm. Although immediate confrontation is sometimes necessary, it’s usually better to wait until you’ve blown off some steam before approaching a person who’s wronged you. When you’re calm, it’s easier to have an effective conversation because you’ll be more rational and you’ll also be more open to hearing the other person’s perspective. If you find that the conversation is turning into a shouting match, maybe it’s best to table the issue until a time when you’re both calmer.
  • Always show love! God is very clear that He wants His children to always walk in a spirit of love. When approaching someone who has made you angry, make sure that your motives are pure. Our motives should NEVER be to hurt another person, no matter how much they have mistreated us in the past. If someone mistreats you a lot, then maybe that person shouldn’t be in your inner circle. Also, if a person still mistreats you even after you’ve had an honest conversation with him/her, then perhaps it’s time to get an adult involved. You should NEVER tolerate being mistreated; however, God also commands us to love other people, even our enemies. Your motive should always be to rectify the situation, even if that means reassessing your friend circle, but it should never be to hurt someone back.
  • Use “I” statements instead of “You” statements. When we use “You” statements during a disagreement, the other person may feel attacked. As a result, the person could begin to feel defensive and even offended. Once that happens, it’s hard to resolve the conflict because “An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city” (Proverbs 18:19). So instead of saying: “You made me angry when you told Kari my secret,” you might want to say something like: “I felt hurt and betrayed when my secret was revealed to Kari.”
  • Choose to forgive and move on. Forgiveness is a choice! It can be hard to forgive people who have wronged us in our own strength, so we need to ask God to help us do it! I often say a forgiveness prayer so I can get past the hurt and see that person the way that God sees him/her. When we forgive others, an amazing thing happens–the anger goes away too! CHOOSE to forgive!
  • Get help for chronic anger. Anger is designed to be a TEMPORARY signal to let us know that something is wrong. If you find yourself angry often, especially if you experience severe outbursts or the anger is accompanied by depression, you should seek some counseling. There may be some other things going on with your mood and talking to someone who is qualified to help you is recommended. Remember, God uses mental health professionals to help us just like He uses doctors, lawyers, dentists, teachers, etc. There’s NO SHAME in getting help!

What do you girls think? How do you express your anger?

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  1. Schwibz

    Posted by Schwibz on March 26, 2016 at 05:47

    I’m really struggling with my temper (that’s why I looked this page up). I’m still learning how to deal with it in a healthy way and seek God about it. I’m really disappointed with myself most of the time as my anger problems make me feel like I’m a terrible person 🙁

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Flute2013 on September 15, 2014 at 18:29

    I usually just quietly go to my room shut the door and scream into a pillow. Or sometimes if I’m really moody about everything (PMS, the struggle is real) I take a long hot bath, it’s really soothing.

  3. ktuck22

    Posted by ktuck22 on February 5, 2014 at 21:03

    I have a real problem with temper. If someone says something remotely offensive to me or someone/something that I like, I’ll almost always want to snap at them or throw something. And then I have nobody to talk to about it, so when I get home, I will spend much time ranting about it. TO MYSELF. It gets it off my mind, so I guess it works. But it is a problem I struggle with, and I pray about it a lot.

  4. afchic27

    Posted by afchic27 on October 7, 2013 at 20:31

    I’ve found that having a physical outlet really helps me work through my anger. Running gives me time alone with God to figure out why I’m angry, who exactly I’m angry with, and how I can deal with it in the best possible way.

  5. Churd-e98

    Posted by Churd-e98 on August 13, 2013 at 20:15

    I often get angry with my family because they are so different from me, and they don’t understand my feelings. I tell them how I feel (maybe not too calmly) and they just keep pushing and pushing until I lose control and end up in trouble. What should I do to fix this?

    • ktuck22

      Posted by ktuck22 on February 5, 2014 at 21:06

      I’m the same way. If something makes me REALLY mad, I’ll punch a pillow or throw something soft, so nothing gets hurt or damaged. But it releases anger. I also have a stress ball (that I don’t use very often :/ ), which helps once in a while. But I haven’t found an efficient way to deal with this. I guess just keep praying and asking God to help you out with this. I know I will.

  6. pink9729

    Posted by pink9729 on August 3, 2013 at 11:43

    This really helped! I’ll remember this in times of need!

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by DancerforChrist on July 20, 2013 at 14:08

    When I’m angry, to avoid hurting myself or others, I usually write poems, sing or dance. You can express so much through these without harming anyone.

  8. Livelikeurdying

    Posted by Livelikeurdying on July 20, 2013 at 13:02

    This really helped me! Thank you!

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by daughteroftheking3 on July 18, 2013 at 18:09

    Thanks. I have a 2 yr old brother that makes me sooooo mad and angry. This will definitely help me!