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- Feb 09 2017
Teens: How do you learn to cope up your anxiety? Activity 37
Source: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Lisa M, SCHAB, LCSW
When people feel angry, they carry their anger with them until it is expressed directly, indirectly, verbally or physically. When anger is expressed, it dissipates. Anger that is not recognized or expressed doesn’t just disappear; it is still carried in your body and emotions and may appear later as a feeling of anxiety. Exploring your experiences with anger may help you to relieve anxiety.
Anger should be expressed in safe ways, such as appropriate verbal expressions, physical activity or exercise, writing, drawing, or playing music. When you practise paying attention to your feelings of anger and expressing them safely and completely, you may find that your anxiety level decreases.
On the line in each space below, write the names of things, people or situation that make you angry. For each item, colour in the mercury of the thermometer on the left to show the level of your anger and colour in the mercury of the thermometer on the right to show the amount of anger that you express about it.
1.Describe how the amount of anger you feel about each item compares to the amount of anger you express.
2.Describe the ways people in your family usually express anger?
3.Describe the ways you usually express anger?
4.Anger that is not expressed may come out as anxiety, headaches, stomach aches or other emotional or physical symptoms. If you do not express all of your anger, describe where you think it comes out in you.
5.Tell what else you could do let out anger that may not be expressed
6.Describe anything that comes to mind that you could be angry about and may not even realize.
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