Anger Awareness Week - 1st to 7th of December
Launched by The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) in 2000, National Anger Awareness Week brings awareness to the increase in uncontrolled rage and its contribution to stress related illnesses, relationship break-ups, career and workplace disruption, plus rage incidents and domestic violence.
What is Anger Awareness Week?
Timed for the run up to Christmas – one of the most stressful times of the year – National Anger Awareness Week encourages individuals, schools and the workplace to recognise the causes and symptoms of anger and provides information on counselling services and coping strategies aimed at defusing difficult situations and challenging behaviour.
What does Awareness Week Set out to Do?
National Anger Awareness Week highlights anger as a social issue that needs to be addressed – creating greater awareness and responsibility for the causes and finding innovative, cost effective ways of preventing incidents associated with uncontrolled rage. The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) provides free information on National Anger Awareness Week, nationwide anger management courses and other resources aimed at supporting individuals, educators and organisations deal with anger management issues.
“National Anger Awareness Week encourages people to think about how anger impacts their lives and find ways to deal with this powerful feeling. In fact, if channelled correctly anger can be a creative rather than a destructive force,” explains BAAM founder Mike Fisher. Now in its twentieth year, National Anger Awareness Week highlights the issues and offers ‘tools to cool’.
“BAAM constantly monitors the causes of anger and we have noticed an increase in rage caused by unavoidable, everyday incidents such as traffic incidents, queue jumping, social media and frustrations with modern technology. We need to find ways to cope and with the media highlighting anger and rage in our leaders and media stars, none of us are immune from experiencing what it feels like to experience this behaviour.”
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The Rage Gauge for example is a simple four-stage process for highlighting anger issues and exploring ways to release this emotion. The Rage Gauge teaches users to express anger and deal with it in appropriate, healthy and positive ways. Participate in Anger Awareness Week by holding your own Rage Gauge sessions. Whether you are in the office, at school or at home, follow the simple steps explained in the guide to tackle your anger head on.
Mike Fisher, Founder of the British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) says: “Anger Awareness Week encourages people to think about how anger impacts their lives and find ways to deal with this powerful feeling. In fact, if channelled correctly anger can be a creative rather than a destructive force,” he explains.
Get the free Keep Your Cool This Christmas Kit
Christmas is the most stressful time of the year for many people.
But the Keep Your Cool at Yule Kit from BAAM help you avoid the stress, and associated anger.
It's bursting with practical anger management tips covering both the pre-Christmas preparation period, and the 'big day' itself.
And it includes some interesting statistics about how we experience Christmas in the UK…
What the surveys say…
• More than half of all Brits have family disagreements at Christmas
• A quarter of all adults say relationships with their partners come under pressure over the period, and an eighth say a festive argument made them want to split up
• Calls to Relate go up by 59% over Christmas
• The average family has their first argument at 9.58am on Christmas Day morning. Popular topics include:
Most likely reasons for increased anger are…
• Who’s doing the washing up
• Spending more time with family than usual
• Too much alcohol
• Battles over the TV remote control
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