Coping with Stress and Anger

Use these tips to help you understanding how coping with stress at work and coping with anger issues can improve your career.

When stress leads to anger

Sometimes excessive or improperly managed stress can lead to anger. Can you think of a time when you felt angry about something or someone at work? How did you deal with it? While it's natural and even healthy to feel angry, it's important to learn the proper way to deal with it. To manage your anger:

  • Practice deep breathing and other relaxation techniques.
  • If you feel you're able to, calmly discuss the situation. Be careful of your tone of voice, body language, and facial expressions. Know when to stop. It's OK to agree to disagree.
  • If you're angry, leave the situation before engaging in inappropriate behavior, such as yelling, cursing, or violence.
  • Leave work at work. Don't take your problems home with you. You risk taking your anger out on others.
  • Seek counseling if you need some advice on how to better manage anger.