There are those days when the wait lines are too long, the boss is too demanding, the day is too short, and the kids are too cranky. Those are the days that seem to be filled with nothing but opportunities to get mad. Strong emotions are simply our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. It is never wrong to experience anger. However, it is essential that we manage our anger effectively. If you have trouble controlling yourself when you become angry, here are some suggestions that might help. As soon as you feel your anger intensify, take a few minutes alone. Try to determine what you are reacting to. What do you want that you are not getting? Are you feeling attacked or controlled? Are you being forced to do something that you don’t want to do? Remember emotions like anger exist to help give you important information. Once you become aware of what your anger is telling you, there is a much better chance that you will be able to effectively deal with the situation at hand. As your counsellor I can help you identify what is driving your anger. Together we can develop a healthy response to what you are feeling as well as devising ways to identifying and defusing the stressors that interfere with your peace of mind.