It is common to feel angry and irritable when stressed.

What you may be experiencing

Feeling frustrated, stressed, or overwhelmed can make you feel angry or mad. Feelings of sadness or worry can also come out as anger.

What you can do
  • Take a calming breath.
    Even a 5-minute break can make a difference.
  • Pause when needed.
    When you get easily irritated or angry at your partner, children, friends, co-workers, or neighbors, take time to pause.
  • Acknowledge how you are feeling. It’s OK to not feel OK.
    Take time to care for yourself. Reduce stress by being physically active or resting.
  • Create a daily routine to increase feelings of control.
    Eat healthy, get at least 7 hours of sleep, and be active.
  • Limit your social media use and time spent following the news.
    Too much media can increase feelings of frustration and anger.
  • Get help from a professional.
    Talk to a health care provider about how you are feeling.
  • Make an appointment with a counselor.
  • Contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
    If you or someone you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat