Most people feel angry sometimes, but if it’s affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.
Support is also available if you’re finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.
If you’re not sure how you feel, try our mood self-assessment.
Anger can cause many different symptoms. It might affect how you feel physically or mentally, or how you behave.
Some people become aggressive towards others when they’re angry. Other people hide their anger and may take it out on themselves.
It’s not always easy to recognise when anger is the reason why you’re behaving differently.
try to recognise when you start to feel angry so you can take steps to calm down as early as possible
give yourself time to think before reacting – try counting to 10 and doing calming breathing exercises
talk to people about what’s making you angry – speak to someone who is not connected to the situation, such as a friend, a GP or a support group such as Samaritans
exercise – activities such as running, walking, swimming and yoga can help you relax and reduce stress
find out how to raise your self-esteem, including how to be more assertive
consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help others. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website
listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides
try self-help cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques on the Every Mind Matters website to manage unhelpful thoughts, reframe situations, solve problems and deal with stress
do not try to do everything at once; set small targets you can easily achieve
do not focus on things you cannot change. Focus your time and energy on helping yourself feel better
try not to tell yourself that you’re alone – most people feel angry sometimes and support is available
try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve anger – these can all contribute to poor mental health