Emotions From Inside Out, Pt. 3: Have Anger Issues?

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  1. Roberto says:

    What a unique take on this. I JUST saw the trailer for Inside Out and was so happy. Pixar produces some serious movies and I can’t wait to catch this one. I love how on top of current events and tying them into your site while still staying relatable. I am almost mad I didn’t think about this idea for my own site! Great job. I’m going to consciously choose to utilize APE more in my day to day. Thanks for the fun read.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Roberto! I love the APE concept….it’s so simple, but can be really hard to follow through — and sometimes difficult to work through what went wrong the first. This whole journey is one of trial, error and finding out what works best for you, so it takes a lot of time…naturally, anger sneaks in there from time to time, haha. Glad to hear you connected with it!

  2. Paul says:

    Hi Megan, a very interesting read. I like your APE concept and we can all control our anger if we put our minds to it. I think most of us, from time to time, would confess to missing out the E of APE which is human nature I suppose despite our good intentions. My Stepson has aspergers and will sometimes go into a rage. He has learnt to control it to a certain degree and has recently started to go to the gym. The difference in his mood is very noticeable i.e.he seems much calmer therefore, that proves to me that what you are saying is so true. Nice post.

    • Megan says:

      Hey Paul! Thanks for sharing about your stepson! When I worked in residential care with several students on the Autism spectrum, we tried to keep them as active as possible to keep those moments of rage at bay. It certainly doesn’t eliminate the episodes, but it does seem to keep them at a more manageable level.

      I have to agree that Executing the plan is far and away the toughest part of working though an issue, beating a plateau or getting over the next hurdle — whether it’s in fitness, or just daily life. Having accountability and support from the people closest to you is what I’ve found helps the most with this. Thanks for stopping by, Paul!

  3. Charlotte says:

    Hello Megan, Thank you for this article, these tips for dealing with anger are good. I didn’t know that there is a positive side of anger. It’s true we all have anger sometimes and we have to analyse and try to look for why of it and fix it as we can. yeah it can help some how

    • Megan says:

      Hi Charlotte! Anger really does get kind of a bad rap, but it can really be put to use for a lot of good, especially in fitness. That adrenaline rush can help push to the next level, and make some solid progress toward our goals!

  4. Erik, Fishing Kayak Resource Founder says:

    Let’s go APE…I love it! Seriously, Assess, Plan, Execute is a great acronym to keep in mind when dealing with anger. I’ll be sure to keep this in my thought bank for future reference. I also completely agree with you on your statements of using exercise as a means to deal with anger. One of my favorite ways of de-escalating from an angry situation or stress is to go fishing. In general I suppose this is just removing myself from the catalyst and replacing it with a relaxing and enjoyable activity. However, since many of us would gladly punch a wall to help us feel a little better when angry, I think the physical exertion in the form of exercise is a better option :). Maybe you could provide a sample exercise routine to help deal with anger if not able to get to the gym?

    • Megan says:

      Hey Eric! Fishing sounds like another great way to de-escalate from an upsetting situation. If you’re interested, check out the Two Week Tabata challenge I just recently posted for some 4-minute de-escalation options at home 😉 Thanks for the great comment!

  5. Chris says:

    This was a great read and well on point – I can tell from personal experience. When I was younger I had an awful switch in me that used to go off after emotions had built up. It took me years to control and even now I have to take deep breaths and move away from certain situtations….
    Great article – very impressive!

    • Megan says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Chris! Anger can be such a difficult emotion to handle when you’re not sure how to harness it, but can be so powerful and motivating once you find the right outlet. So glad to hear that you’ve been able to learn to control and cope with some of the things that flip your switch. I know there are so many out there who have to work to control and navigate through anger every day – so you’re definitely not alone :)

  6. Kush1000 says:

    Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
    I was doing the exercises like that:) anrgy to get more power! It helped me a lot when I felt like not doing enough weight or series…great topic and post!
    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this nice information.
    Cheers and best of luck to you.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks! Glad to hear you enjoyed it — lifting weights in a great way to harness and use anger in a positive, productive way :) Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Grizzly21 says:

    What I love about this post is it’s not only informative but it is also very practical. I really like the Assess, Plan, Execute approach! Just reading this post alone makes me feel at peace because you come at an approach of understanding. I often get very very frustrated with certain things but just like you the gym is my go to place. What a productive way to translate my anger!

    • Megan says:

      Glad to hear it! When you can harness those emotions, and the energy that comes from them, in a positive way…you’re setting yourself up for success!

  8. Jess says:

    Hi, and thanks for your “funny” and interesting post! Sport helps so much if you have some negative feelings or you are stressed. I have been stressed due to sitting at home without any social life (friends are at work and nothing to do). Yes, I am stay-at-home mom and sometimes it is just too much and I feel I need some break from this. After a long day I usually go to the gym while my boyfriend is able to babysit our kid after his work. It gives so good feeling afterwards that it is like a drug ha ha. 😀

    • Megan says:

      Exercise is an awesome drug habit! Don’t have to worry about landing yourself on Intervention for that one :) Hang in there, and keep up the good work! Does your gym offer any classes at the time you’re able to go? Sometimes that’s a great avenue for making some new social connections, and making connections with like-minded, fitness-addicted people is totally invaluable!

  9. Jack says:

    Hey There

    Excellent information thank you for providing us with such informative info. I particularly like the way you right your personality shines through your content and makes it easy to understand, even for me.

    I had a friend who had serious anger management problems he saw his doctor and he recommended mediation it seems to have worked very well. What do you think about meditation as a cure ?

    Thank you for this article I have a cousin I know will find this post very interesting as she was looking for similar information just the other day, I will share this with her now.

    Thank you

    ~Jack

    • Megan says:

      A fantastic question, Jack! I sit in meetings almost every day, in the school setting, where we talk about the possibility of starting a medication regime for a student who’s struggling in school – usually with attention issues, but occasionally we discusses anxiety or anti-psychotic meds. Granted, these are children, but a lot of people get nervous about starting up with medication. They think it will make them feel weird, not like themselves, have weird side-effects – and it might! For others, though, it so drastically improves their quality of life (often for the people around them as well), and that they can’t imagine their life without medication. Soooo my answer would be – it depends. I think trying natural interventions – like identifying what triggers the anger and removing it, if possible, see a therapist who can help reframe some of the negative, angry thoughts, etc. If those don’t work, and all other options have been exhausted, I think medication is totally worth a look.

  10. Shannon says:

    Anger is a funny thing. The people closest to us seem to get the brunt of it and are the ones who know how to push our buttons to make us bad. I know I deal better with stress and all the chaos my four kids bring when I’ve had a workout. And if I miss it, I do feel more on edge. Glad to hear I’m not alone.

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