Anger Management Activities & Exercises for Teens

Instructor: Karin Gonzalez

Karin has taught middle and high school Health and has a master's degree in social work.

Considering that many angry teens are resistant to counseling, anger management activities and exercises must be fun, engaging and practical. Learn the definition of anger management and various activities and exercises of teens in this lesson.

What Is Anger Management?

Ellis is a 16-year-old teenage boy who has anger issues. He gets into weekly fights at school, is sent to the principal's office almost daily for talking back to his teachers, and is always grounded at home for disrespecting and yelling at his parents. Just last weekend, Ellis was arrested for vandalizing a shopping center. That was the final straw. Ellis's mother makes an appointment with a counselor who will help him with anger management.

While anger is a normal and can even be a healthy and productive, anger that is expressed in a destructive or dangerous manner is dysfunctional. If a person expresses anger in the form of yelling, violence, threats, bullying or breaking the law, it can destroy their school life, academics, career and relationships.

Many teens have a hard time controlling anger because their brains are still developing (and won't fully develop until their early to mid 20s). Areas of the brain that control impulse control and planning are some of the last to develop. Therefore, many teens find anger management quite difficult. Despite this difficulty, there are many activities and exercises that can be beneficial for teens in helping them control their anger.

Anger management involves first identifying when one feels angry and then utilizing knowledge, exercises, techniques and activities to cope with or channel that anger in a constructive manner. Here we will review some useful activities and exercises for teens to do in order to manage their anger.

Physical Anger Management Activities

Due to the deep connection between the body and mind, there are certain physical activities that can assist with managing anger.

  • Exercise

Physical activity, such as sports, running or yoga, can increase endorphins, 'happy' hormones in the brain, which can provide a feeling of euphoria. Team sports can provide anger preventative and management benefits for angry teens. Also, teens that play sports obtain the social benefits, like the emotional support by teammates and coaches.

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