Anger: A normal healthy emotion. It lets us know when something is wrong and make us take action. It’s when anger runs wild that people may become hostile, even violent.
Why do people get angry?
Nobody listens to me unless I get angry.
It helps me get what I want.
He/She dissed me.
I just get frustrated.
I was sick of him/her teasing me.
It’s like I’m excited when I’m angry.
If you have angry workers in your department or you yourself are angry, you may end up reporting more injuries on the job. Angry people are more likely to sustain injuries serious enough to require emergency medical care, and the risk is higher for men than women. Anger more than quadrupled a person’s odds of being injured, while being hostile increased those odds sixfold. For men the link is particularly clear.
There is little doubt that anger can be a contributing factor in workplace injuries, but what do you do about it?
Tips on keeping cool in an angry world:
Consciously determine to be calm. Don’t react, think! Remember your goals and respond appropriately. Choose to remain calm!
Communicate. When someone upsets you, tell them. Calmly talk to them about how you feel about their words or actions. Learn to express yourself better — clear and composed. Choose to!
Remove yourself. Get away from the scene until you can respond without anger. Your success will not happen overnight. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time. Remember to relax. Relaxation exercises or music can be helpful. Keep in mind you can reach out to someone you trust for help. Choose to!
Redirect your anger. Take time for yourself. Do something you enjoy like walking in the park, swimming, exercising, reading, find a hobby or seeing a feel-good movie. Get involved in a cause. Do something nice for someone you admire. It’s okay to feel good about yourself. Choose to!
Look for the positives. Don’t dwell on the negatives. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Don’t worry about things that are out of your personal control. This is difficult, but an attitude and behavior that can be learned!
Get a grip. Admit you’re angry. Deal with it. Don’t brush it off. Identify and understand the cause. Walk away. Get a new perspective. Vent with your friends and family.