It's Okay to Be Enraged By the News–But Here's How You Can Manage Your Anger
The community quarantine brought by the COVID-19 crisis has been testing our emotions to their limits especially our anger. When we put our overexposure to social media and the questionable happenings in our government together, our threshold can surely reach its peak in no time.
And while being angry can seem like a bad disposition to be in, it’s actually okay to feel this way. Here are some simple ways to better manage your anger especially if you feel like everything’s getting a little too much to contain.
Understand and validate your anger.
Again, being angry is 100% okay especially when what you’ve been seeing on the news is indeed rage-worthy. It’s a normal response, which you can certainly let into your system without guilt or judgement. Your anger means that your hope for better things isn’t being met. It can signal so many things, but the most important one is that it tells you that you are only human after all.
Release your emotions.
Once you’ve acknowledged the anger, it’s time to release it. Emotions are simply “energy in motion,” so you can’t just keep them within – you have to let them out. Whether it’s by tweeting your rage away, feeling frustrated to the point of crying, or screaming into your pillow, find a way to get it out of your system after letting it in. You’ll definitely feel much better and freer afterwards.
Refrain from engaging in toxic interactions.
With social media as the outlet for most of us, it can be messy when our anger gets entangled with other people’s opposing sentiments. It’s good to have substantial conversations with those who have different beliefs than yours. But you must be cautious when it comes to engaging in toxic interactions that only aim to compete and humiliate. This won’t really solve anything and can only make you feel worse than you already are.
Wait for it to pass.
Even after you’ve released your anger, you may still feel some residual tension within you. If you feel you’re not yet in a neutral state, take some time off and be still. Postpone any activity that you have at the moment especially if it involves interacting with other people because you may not be able to be fully present with them. Just wait for your stress levels to go down, perhaps while doing breathing exercises or listening to feel-good music.
Lessen your exposure to media.
If you feel like the news and people’s various comments are always triggering you, perhaps you can use some discipline and take a step back. You don’t have to completely disconnect because being informed in this critical time is important. Just make sure you don’t spend all day with your eyes and fingers glued to your screen. A useful tip is asking someone to update you only on the most important news of the day to keep you in touch with what’s going on.
Channel your anger into creating a positive change.
As we have already established, your anger is not at all bad. It tells you that there’s still room for improvement, and you have a passion to see it through. Put your rage to good use by sparking change within you and hopefully inspiring others to do so, too. Register to vote. Join movements. Use your craft to speak up. After all of this, we can’t just go back to normal. Your anger is telling you that it’s time to make a difference, so be bold and act on it. Because, contrary to what the news is saying, there is still hope and we will endure.