Stress & Anger Management

Instructor: Karin Gonzalez

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

Negative stress can actually lead to anger. This is why many anger management techniques are also stress management methods. Learn about positive versus negative stress, the definition of anger, and stress and anger management techniques in this lesson.

Relationship Between Stress and Anger

Adam is stressed about his final exam in science next Friday so he decides to start studying today. Adam's stress is known as eustress, because it is positive in that it encourages productivity and higher achievement. Contrarily, there is a negative and unhealthy stress, called distress. Distress increases a hormone called cortisol in the body, which increases blood sugar levels and decreases functioning of the immune, reproductive and digestive systems. When someone is distressed, they are more irritable and inclined to get irritated, annoyed and angry.

Anger is an emotion defined by a feeling of displeasure and irritation. Imagine that Adam overslept the morning of his final exam. Due to his distress of being late, Adam is more inclined to get frustrated, aggravated and angry at traffic on the way to school.

Because distress heightens anger (and a reduction of stress can also reduce anger), many anger management techniques are also stress management techniques. We will be reviewing these techniques in this lesson.

Stress and Anger Management

Stress can be defined as a feeling of pressure, mental strain and worry. It is often brought on by concern about a future event. Stress management involves calming the mind and body. Practicing stress management techniques for anger can be helpful in allowing a person to calm down before responding to an anger-inducing situation. This is due to the fact that intense anger causes a person to be overly emotional and irrational. Calming down helps a person regain rationality and respond to the infuriating situation in a smart, relaxed manner.

Here are some stress and anger management techniques:


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