Anger and Amputation

We often see amputees who are experiencing feelings of anger. Although it’s often perceived to be a ‘negative’ emotion, anger is a healthy emotion, and we all experience it at times. It can help you identify problems or things that are upsetting you and motivate you to create change and reach your goals. It only becomes unhelpful when it leads to destructive behaviour and when it’s beginning to affect your overall well-being.

If you’re feeling as though your anger is getting a bit too much, here are some tips to help manage it:

?  Learn what triggers your anger – This will help you develop coping strategies so you’ll be more prepared before a situation happens.

?  Try some breathing or mindfulness techniques – Create some calm for your body and mind. When feeling anger, the body will be  more tense. Try to give yourself time to relax.

?  Exercising – Moving the body can be really good to release built up anger and emotion.

?  Eat and sleep well -It’s easier to manage your feelings after a good night sleep. Eating better can also naturally boost your mood, improve energy levels and increase clarity of thought.

?  Talk about it – If it’s getting too much, there’s always help out there. Talk to your GP as a start.

For further support get in touch with your FYF Well-being Team or contact one of the many organisation available who provide great support and advice, like MIND and NHS.  You can also download some great apps on your phone which you might find really helpful like Breathing Space.

If you’d like to learn a little more about breathing techniques, here’s a video from our  Yoga instructor Nicole.