Invisible Injuries- Mental health ambassadors

S03 - Dealing with unwelcome thoughts 11

October 22, 2021

Full time and volunteer firefighters banding together to contain an out of control blaze with message in text

"Ways to deal with anger build ups"

Anger is a commonly occurring feature arising from many combat/duty experiences, and it's quite normal and understandable. But it can become a problem if we don't deal with it (i.e. get it out of the way safely, as it starts to build). First, we must recognise it. Second, we need to put in a plan of action to deal with it in a safe, healthy and controlled way.

There's 4 main ways to deal effectively with anger.
1. Chat to a service buddy, ex-comrade, welfare officer, padre etc "A problem shared is a problem halved"
2. Write it down - Many veterans/first responders have found it helpful to write down the emerging anger feelings and where they have arise from in a journal.
3. Strenuous physical activity - Many people find strenuous physical exercise (within any injuries) has a positive, discharging effect for anger build-ups.
When doing these activities for this purpose it's recommended to do so solo to avoid spilling anger to the direction of people we love, care about and respect.
4. Find somewhere SAFE to SHOUT - Many people find it very helpful to shout out, as looudly as they want or need to, about things that have caused them to feel angry in a combat/duty situation.

For best results –“horses for courses” applies. Some might find one tool or technique helpful, others will experiment with another that proves helpful. All are available to try and it’s often about finding “what works” for you.

 🖨 reprinted with permission @johnhendenauthor
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