12 Anger Management Products to Help You Control Your Anger

From meditation apps to stress balls, these anger management products can help you stay calm and keep going.

Why anger increases

These are difficult times. Whether it’s the pandemic, political or social injustice, emotions are running high – the most important of which is anger. But what is anger, and why do we feel it more than ever today? (These are the best ways to deal with anger.)

“Anger is generally a response to a crisis that reflects a sense of vulnerability,” said Jennifer Hoskins-Tomko, a licensed clinical social worker at Clarity Health Solutions in Jupiter, Florida. “If we feel vulnerable in any way, we go into crisis mode, like fight, flight or freeze. Anger is the fighting mode that helps create a sense of control to overcome the vulnerability.”

Things that make people feel vulnerable and cause fear vary greatly, Hoskins-Tomko explains, but include not being able to meet your needs and wants, being disrespected, or feeling ashamed, jealous, or overwhelmed. (Here’s what science knows about anger management.)

Why irritation turns into anger

“There are so many reasons why irritation builds and turns into anger for people and no two people have the same triggers,” Connecticut-based psychologist Roseann Capanna-Hodge agrees.

“Anger in itself is often a symptom of something else: unresolved problems, a clinical problem such as anxiety, depression, OCD [obsessive compulsive disorder], or a personality disorder,” says Capanna-Hodge. “Anger can simply be a sign of frustration with a person or event when someone is unable to express their feelings in a healthy way.” (Learn the different types of anger.)

If anger issues become debilitating, lead to physical violence or thoughts of harming themselves, it is of course necessary to seek professional help as soon as possible. (If you or someone you know has had thoughts about harming yourself or suicideContact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), which provides 24/7, free, confidential support to those in need.)

Anger Management Products

Finding products that give you a sense of control, as well as items that address vulnerability and fear, can help quell angry feelings.

“Stress management techniques of any kind are best when they make people aware of emotions and help them channel their feelings in more productive and cathartic ways,” explains Daryl Appleton, a licensed mental health counselor and owner of Polaris Counseling, a New England -based boutique mental health private practice.

Here are some products that can help you reduce or control your anger.

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Do you want to solve anger problems with your partner, focus better through meditation, work up a sweat or just go to therapy without leaving your home? There’s an app for that. Connect with a licensed therapist 24/7 in the privacy of your own home thanks to the Talkspace app, which offers options for psychiatry and drug management, as well as couples and teen counseling. Talkspace accepts insurance.

(Here’s how a woman handles anger issues.)


Share Your Stuff I'll Go First book

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“Journaling is probably one of the most cathartic exercises you can do because it involves all parts of the brain — especially your frontal and temporal lobes that control rational thoughts and emotions,” Appleton says. “You promise to name your emotion. Instead of just feeling angry, you can express that you were frustrated with “x” in a situation. Once you’ve identified what’s wrong, you can go through the process of normalizing your emotions and navigate through them.”

(Here are tips from therapists for starting a journal.)

Anger is linked to vulnerability and feelings of helplessness. This powerful book Share your stuff: I’ll go first– part memoir, part diary prompt – from popular blogger and podcaster Laura Tremaine, encourages women to embrace their vulnerability and let go of personal shame.

(Here’s how one woman started writing to heal from anger and abuse. She’s now a bestselling author.)


Tibetan singing bowl set

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Tibetan singing bowl set

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For thousands of years, many Eastern cultures have observed the relaxing and even healing benefits of sound therapy, which can be practiced with items such as Tibetan singing bowls. According to a 2016 study in the Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicinesinging bowl meditation results in less anger, tension, fatigue and depression.

“Sound therapy is particularly effective when it comes to anger,” Jennifer Buljan, a certified vibration sound therapy practitioner who uses instruments such as Tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks, chimes, and gongs, agrees with her clients. “Anger is an emotion that comes from frustration, and frustration is the result of blocked energy in the body. If these blocks aren’t released, the body just builds on them, and emotional outbursts start,” she says.

This small, palm-sized singing bowl from The Ohm Store is a best-seller, highly rated on Amazon, and hand-hammered in Nepal.


Headspace app

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One of the most well-known meditation apps, Headspace offers hundreds of guided meditations, meditations for work, bite-sized meditations, and meditations for sleep. It is especially popular for the depth and breadth of its offerings, including meditations of just one minute for bite-sized Zen. It includes the option to target your practice depending on what you want to focus on, such as better managing anxiety.

(Try these meditation tips, too.)


Aricove cooling weighted blanket

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Aricove cooling weighted blanket

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Items that help create a calming, cocooning effect, such as weighted blankets, can be a good addition to an anger relief toolkit. Weighted blankets are effective, but can get hot. This cooling version of Aricove weighs 15 kilos and is highly valued. Five-pound and 20-pound versions are also available. If you’re using a weighted blanket, choose one that’s no more than 10 percent of your body weight, so a 20-pound version is appropriate for someone who weighs at least 200 pounds. (Also check out our review of the Bearaby Weighted Blanket.)


Charlotte's Web CBD Gummies

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CBD products containing cannabidiol extract – the medicinal, non-intoxicating part of the cannabis plant – have grown in popularity in recent years as effective stress and anxiety relievers. “There are quite a few studies showing the impact of CBD on certain serotonin receptor sites, which help reduce anxiety, and on the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in processing and forgetting fears,” explains Appleton. (Here are the best CBD oils for anxiety.)

CBD is available in everything from bath salts to olive oil to balms to capsules. These lemon-lime flavored gummies from Charlotte’s Web are designed to help de-stress and promote calm, with whole-plant hemp extracts, including a blend of cannabinoids, terpenes (aromatic botanicals), and flavonoids. Hemp plants are related to marijuana plants, but they have low levels of THC (no more than 0.3 percent THC), the compound responsible for marijuana’s high.


Arggh Rainbow Ball

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Looking for a quick and easy way to release anger? This giant Arggh stress ball for both kids and adults can help. The jumbo-sized stress ball is ideal for physical and emotional relief therapy because you can squeeze, stretch and smash it with both hands. It is about two inches in diameter and can be a great toy when you’re working at your desk or going to class virtually.

“Stress balls mimic what we see in progressive muscle relaxation, where we contract a muscle group and then release it,” Appleton says. “It’s a mindfulness practice that refocuses and channels the emotional energy of anger into an intentional activity. But be warned, without intentionally focusing your energy on the activity, you’re just giving your hand muscles a workout.

(Here’s what experts want you to know about fidget spinners.)


Crossflow Yoga App

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While the physical benefits of exercise are obvious, the mental benefits are also important. Exercise releases feel-good endorphins, promotes well-being and can help release pent-up emotions and negative feelings.

The CrossFlow Yoga app offers numerous classes, including Anxiety Reducing Cardio Flow (30 minutes of mood-boosting cardioflow) and Yoga for Anxiety, a 20-minute calming and grounding yoga flow created with the input of a licensed psychologist.

(Here are some yoga quotes for inspiration.)


Buzio Shaggy weighted faux fur blanket

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If you want a weighted blanket but are looking for a more affordable alternative, try this 15-pound double-sided blanket from Buzio. It comes in four colors and features plush, shaggy polyester faux fur, perfect for when you’re trying to relax. There are other sizes and weights, including 12-pound and 20-pound versions, depending on your body weight.

There are also two 15lb blankets in a 48″ x 72″ size to cover a double or queen bed, or a larger 60″ x 80″ throw that can cover a full or queen bed. It is also machine washable for easier cleaning. (Here’s how to wash a weighted blanket.)


Bacon magnetic balls

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Stress balls can be a simple yet effective outlet for your anger. These mini magnets from Speks claim to be therapist-approved and are available in over 20 colors. You can build things with them or throw them in your hands for stress relief.

(Here are more stress-relieving toys that actually work.)


Cbdfx calming tincture

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A few drops of this vegan, gluten-free, PETA-certified CBD tincture can relieve anxiety and help you sleep faster and deeper. CBDFx Calming Tincture is available in four different strengths and also includes links to lab test results so you know exactly which ingredients you are getting. (Here are the best CBD tinctures for migraines.)


Behind the Anger Therapy Kit

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Specially designed to tame anger, this fun, fast-paced card game is aimed at children ages 6 to 12 who may need a little extra help coping with frustration and finding ways to properly express upset feelings.

The therapeutic game from Behind the Anger is a variation on the classic card game UNO. Anywhere between two and eight players rush to get rid of cards, but with 11 different anger management strategies. The game includes talking points to help process emotions and work through appropriate responses.

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