5 Healthy Ways to Cope with Anger

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
February 22, 2023

Anger is a natural part of the human experience. But if you find it’s a persistent emotion for you, it may be time to take a closer look.

First, you should know that anger itself can actually be a helpful emotion. “It’s telling you loud and clear that something or someone is hurting you,” says Tess Brigham, a licensed therapist who practices in San Francisco. And some amount of anger can motivate you to find solutions to problems, says Fran Walfish, Psy.D., a licensed psychotherapist in Beverly Hills, California.

However, it’s important to be able to find ways to cope with anger when it arises. Left unchecked, anger can hinder relationships, cause problems at work, and even affect your overall health.