COVID-19 has altered life as we know it in unimaginable ways – actually, too many ways to count. People are stressed about the next variant wave, who is or isn’t vaccinated, wearing masks, obtaining accurate COVID health information, maintaining social distances in societal settings, navigating job security, and awaiting the latest CDC data on COVID trends… and this list barely scratches the surface. Each of these stressors, and others not mentioned, can lead to the build-up of anxiety, which can lead to frustration and anger.
Typically, people become angry when they feel threaten, when something or someone is hindering their achievement of obtaining a goal, or if they perceive there is a loss of control over their lives. These are legitimate reasons to become angry. And COVID-19 has definitely made an impact in each of the aforementioned areas. But is anger the most appropriate response for the upheaval caused by COVID-19 around the world?
Here are five reasons why responding to COVID-19 with anger may not be your best option.
1. Anger clouds the mind and inhibits one’s ability to think logically.
2. A state of anger can distort reality.
3. A state of anger robs you of inner peace and tranquility.
4. Anger can be destructive when its energy is not channeled properly.
5. Acting in anger usually makes a bad situation worst.
So, what can you do instead of responding to COVID-19 in anger?