The holidays look different this year. You may be worrying about the health of your loved ones or feeling upset that plans for family gatherings have changed. For many, this anxiety is on top of the stress and blues typically felt during the winter holiday season.
This year’s circumstances are difficult, and it’s understandable to have bad feelings. However, it’s important to also think about how getting too angry can have consequences that affect those around you.
VA has tools and services to help Veterans struggling to manage angry feelings or control reactions to irritating events. The online web course, Anger & Irritability Management Skills (AIMS), is a free, anonymous, self-help program based on training that was developed for Veterans.
What’s in the Course
- AIMS offers a Deep Breathing exercise for different lengths of time. You’ll learn a few seconds can make a difference.
- There is a 2-minute quiz you can take to see if the AIMS web program is right for you.
- You can use the personalized Anger Control Plan to map out your goals for completing the course.
This online tool and the other resources available on the Veteran Training website have been updated to work on both computers and mobile devices so you can use them at home or on-the-go.
Take the AIMS course at your own pace
The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like you remember. Learning to recognize your triggers or warning signs will help you combat angry feelings before they lead to a bad situation.
Don’t wait to seek the help you need. Take the AIMS course at your own pace. If it was recommended by your VA health care provider, be sure to follow their guidance. If AIMS doesn’t work for you, we recommend following up with your VA provider about next steps.
Dr. Carolyn Greene, Ph.D., VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Web Services national manager.