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Anger can drive us or destroy us

Learning to channel anger productively can transform it from a destructive force into positive
motivation, says an expert.

“Anger is a natural feeling. But uncontrolled, it can cloud thinking and lead to harmful behaviours,”
said Kersha Singh, manager at Netcare Akeso Kenilworth.

With the right tools, people can break the anger cycle. “It’s possible to redirect this energy more
productively,” Singh stated.

First, recognize your triggers. “The more we identify situations that elicit anger, the better we can
manage them calmly,” she explained.

When feeling triggered, Singh advises to “STOP” – pause, step back, observe, and proceed mindfully
with deep breathing.

Physically cooling down can also help. “Drinking cold water or splashing your face with cold water
can break the feeling of being ‘hot under the collar’,” she said.

Long term, address underlying factors. “Use anger’s energy to create lasting solutions, like changing
careers or leaving a toxic relationship,” Singh added.

With practice, anger management improves. Singh encourages asserting needs respectfully, not
reacting rashly.

“Anger can motivate constructive communication. Discuss upset feelings, and suggest how needs
could be better met,” she counselled.

Harness anger productively, don’t let it control you.