Managing post-pandemic anger, stress, and anxiety.
As we emerge from the worst days of the pandemic, there is happiness and optimism. But there is also something else: Rage incidents are so prevalent that a new term has been coined for pandemic anger: “pangry,” As the nation reopens, we’re seeing extreme incidents of anger manifested in shocking confrontations and violent events in various public places. The outward manifestations of anger may be masking something else: 15 months of pent-up anxiety, depression, stress, frustration, and loss.
It’s normal to feel anger from time to time, particularly after the trauma we’ve been through.
Anger is a human emotion. Anger can occur when we feel frustrated, violated, powerless, or feel we have been done an injustice. It’s not wrong to feel anger, but it’s what we do with anger and how we express it that can lead to problems. Here are some signs you may benefit from professional help: Angry behaviors have caused harm to yourself or others • Inability to control expressions of anger • Finding it difficult to deescalate • Preoccupation with injustices or slights • Inability to let go of anger • Anger-related depression or guilt. Members of ESI EAP have access to a variety of services that can help with managing anger, stress, and anxiety:
One-to-one professional coaching for Stress Management & Resilience
Telephonic counseling from clinical professionals 24/7/365 for anxiety, depression, mental health issues, and more
Online self-help resources and video courses
Financial coaching and help for debt
Online Workplace & Intimate Partner Violence Resource Center
For more on anger, stress, and anxiety, click Feeling angry, stressed, or anxious? Get help! You can also log in to www.theEAP.com/TotalCare-EAP to explore self-help resources and trainings.