What is the theory behind this Anger in the body worksheet?
Anger not just has its effects on the brain but also our body. When individuals get angry they arouse the nervous system, increasing the heart rate, blood pressure, blood flow to muscles, and blood sugar level. As a result they appear exerted and many body parts get damp with sweat. There is also an effect the individuals themselves report internally. For example, they started feeling weight on a certain body part or shooting/excruciating pain in the other.
How will the worksheet help?
This worksheet will help the clients in being mindful about the effects of anger on their bodies. It also works as the warning for them so that they start making attempts to control their disproportionate anger before any dire physical consequences.
How to use this worksheet?
Below provided are red circles. Use a pencil and write how anger feels in these marked areas of your body. If you feel any significant sensation in an unmarked area of your body, draw a circle yourself and write the details.
Anger in the body worksheet
American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Control anger before it controls you. American Psychological Association. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
Hendricks, L., Bore, S., Aslinia, D., & Morriss, G. (2013). The effects of anger on the brain and body. In National forum journal of counseling and addiction (Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 2-5).
Reilly, P. M., & Shopshire, M. S. (2002). Anger management for substance abuse and mental health clients: A cognitive behavioral therapy manual. PsycEXTRA Dataset. https://doi.org/10.1037/e436412005-001
You can download this worksheet here.