Sensitive people may have more difficulty with intense emotions because of the depth they feel of emotion. You will be more affected by the injustices of the world, to those around you and even yourself. You could experience strong emotional responses, such as anxiety, depression and even anger.
Anger is a healthy, normal emotion. Do not repress or deny this feeling. It is a signal that something needs to change. When people feel or become helpless to enact change, they either turn that anger inward to express a depression or outward to express rage.
Here are some healthy ways to cope with anger, especially the anger you can’t seem to let go of.
- Identify your anger. Some times you don’t know why you are angry or the reason you think you are angry is not really the reason why you feel upset. To uncover any deeper underlying pain, make a list of all the reasons you are angry. Naming anger, big and small, can lessen the hold it has over you.
- Write down in detail why you are angry. Get it out of your head and onto the page.
- Express empathy for yourself. Look through your list and tell yourself, “Of course, you are angry! I get it. This isn’t fair or right and I can see why you feel this way.”
- Hand your anger over to a Higher Power. Now you have identified your anger and acknowledged it, surrender it to the Divine.
- Get Physical. After you have released the emotion from your mind, go for a walk or do some form of exercise to release the tension in your physical body.
- Change Your Perspective. Imagine what an outside person would tell you about your situation. What would your best friend advise you to do?
- Consider an assertive conversation. If you feel anger towards someone, you may need to express your feelings and set boundaries in an assertive way.
- If you continue to feel angry, consider talking to a professional who can help you.
How do you let go of anger in healthy ways?
Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach. She works for caring professionals, who want to prevent or treat compassion fatigue. Her specialty is teaching stress management, assertiveness and boundary setting. Lisa is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; Why Compassionate People Run Out of Energy and What You Can Do About It at http://www.lisahutchison.net