I have always struggled with anger issues. Most of my life I have expressed my anger in unhealthy ways and have had no control over myself when I have gotten angry. Now that I have been taking Lexapro for a while it has been easier for me to deal with my anger in a more controlled and healthy way. Even with medication, it can be helpful to have a plan for when you feel angry. Below are some tips for dealing with anger in a healthy ways. They may not work for everyone, but hopefully they help!
Have you ever felt like hitting someone or something when you are angry? Instead of hitting a person or destroying something, turn that anger into energy for exercise. Your heart is pumping so exercise will help blow off the steam. Maybe try a sport where you are actually hitting something like boxing, baseball, etc.
Instead of expressing your anger out loud, write it out in a journal. It is important to write how you feel. After you write it out you can look back at what you wrote and organize your thoughts and feelings. Ask yourself if your anger is justified. It is ok to express these feelings to someone you may be angry with, but it is better to write it down first so you don’t say something that you can’t take back.
When you are angry at a specific person, it may be helpful to yell at an object instead of that person. After you calm down, you will feel better that you did not yell at that person but you were still able to express those feelings.
Finally, try anticipating what might make you angry. If you know what makes you angry you can avoid that situation as much as possible. If it’s not possible to avoid the situation you may be able to put yourself in a calm mindset ahead of time to avoid anger.