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This blog was originally posted in 2021. Some information may be out of date. For the latest updates on vaccines, testing, screening, visitor policy and post-COVID support, visit EEHealth.org/coronavirus.
Little did we know how much the COVID-19 pandemic would change our lives when it first began. Dealing with a global pandemic hasn’t been easy, and we’re all feeling the effects as we cope with the threat of illness and a constant state of stress. And while the rollout of vaccines provided relief and hope, the variants circulating put us back on alert.
What’s worse, COVID restrictions have interfered with our healthy outlets for stress, such as socializing with friends, and has led to pent-up tension and lashing out.
As the pandemic drags on, regular outbursts of anger are becoming the norm. Maybe you’re in your car and another driver slams their horn at you in a fit of road rage. You could be at the grocery store and witness one shopper snapping at another for not moving their cart out of the way fast enough.
COVID-induced fights are breaking out on social media, at school board meetings, even at your own family dinner table. Some are angry at those who won’t get vaccinated. Others are angry that they are still being told to wear a mask. Many aren’t even sure why they are angry.
Anger, frustration and rage attacks (sudden, out-of-control and unwarranted outbursts) are a common reaction to stress, and COVID has certainly raised stress levels for everyone. You too may have a shorter fuse than usual these days. You may get easily irritated or angry in ways that are not typical for you.
How can you manage your feelings in healthy ways? Try these strategies to help you cope with pandemic frustration, anger or rage:
If you or someone you know is suffering from frequent anger outbursts or worsening anger symptoms, help is available. Reach out to one of our clinicians at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health or call 630-305-5027 for a free behavioral health assessment.
Are you at risk for anxiety? Take our free, online AnxietyAware risk assessment.
How to de-escalate a conflict situation
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