Human Beings go through different phases in life. Those emotions and feelings tend to get more intense as you grow up. There are times when a person feels happy, sad, angry, depressed, overwhelmed, frustrated and many other things. They are completely normal. It’s in a humans nature. It’s not worrisome to feel these emotions at all. The problem at the end of the day is not feeling this way but how to manage feeling this way. Depression and anger are one of those emotions which come and go really frequently in some and leave lasting marks if not coped with in the right manner.

While there are hundreds and thousands of therapists and psychiatrists available all around the world, who have studied immensely in this topic, why not take advise from the very Being who didn’t study but CREATED them.

Allah (SWT) created mankind with lots of flaws. Mankind isn’t perfect nor is this life. The life of this world and of Mankind is temporary and hence vulnerable. However, like all other matters, we are given guidelines on how to deal with emotions like depression and anger and tackle them in an effective way. Trust me and give all these a try. You will feel the solace and peace in your heart without any side effects whatsoever!

Depression And Anger In Islam:

Depression and anger are feelings which have been validated in the eyes of Islam. What hasn’t been validated is taking harmful and damaging steps due to these emotions.
The Sahabah (RA) were humans just like us and dealt with all this just like us. They were guided on their emotions by the Prophet (SAWS). This process of working and rectifying all such actions and feelings which cause us or anyone else harm is termed as Tazkiyah.

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran, ‘ Successful is the one who rectified his character’

Let’s explore this field of Tazkiya and purification and see what it has to offer for people who often feel depression and anger.

What is Depression and Anger?

Here is what health experts have to say about depression and anger.

Depression is a mental health condition that generally involves feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness.

Anger generally happens when you face some type of injustice or feel slighted, threatened, or otherwise mistreated.

While you may not realise it, this persistent anger could actually be a sign of depression. Some people living with depression notice increased feelings of anger and irritability, directed both toward themselves and others.

To learn more about Depression and Anger visit www.healthline.com .

Best Way to Deal with Depression and Anger

Indulge in The Remembrance Of Allah:

Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:

Verily with the remembrance of Allah do hearts find solace.

Have you ever tried it? Comforting yourself and putting yourself to ease by remembering Allah? Try it if you haven’t and you will see the amazing effects it has on your mental and spiritual health.

Remembrance can be in different forms but try reciting the special prayers narrated to us by Our Prophet (SAWS). Close your eyes, take a deep breath and start reading Durood. If you are angry in an uncontrollable way read the Ta’awuz, as anger is from Shaytan. Get up and pray two Nafl asking Allah for solace and peace of mind. You think you will reach out to Allah (SWT) for help and He won’t help you?

Perform Ablution:

Calm yourself by performing ablution, drinking some water and taking deep breaths. Depression and Anger are both internal emotions which causes you to feel heated up and unsatiated. Water turns that heat level down and brings you mental peace.

This method has been advised by Our Prophet (SAWS) in times of anger and recent sciences also back it up. Research shows that showering and using water is very effective in lowering the symptoms of depression. Splashing water on different parts of your body relaxes your muscles and relieves a lot of stress. Try following this step next time you feel overwhelmed about anything. You feel the relaxing effect very soon!

Change your Position:

Changing positions when hyped up or angry is another technique to deal with anger issues and also quoted in a Hadith.

The Prophet (SAWS) said, :

If any of you becomes angry and he is standing, let him sit down, so his anger will go away; if it does not go away, let him lie down.”

The wisdom in this commandment is astounding. Each change of this position takes an individual in a more comfortable and relaxed state than the previous one. One change will take a person one step away from over reacting or taking any wild and irreparable decision. Studies also show that people who were depressed found their moods to get better after changing the posture. This change helps to divert your mind decreasing the heated emotions bubbling inside.

Remove yourself from the situation:

Avoid any person, place or thing which triggers depression and anger within you. Health is an Amanah (TRUST) from Allah (SWT) and we are answerable to Him about it on The Day of Judgement. Prioritise your mental health and don’t feel guilty about it as this is what will make you strong enough to follow the rest of the commandments of Allah (SWT). However, be mindful of not being abusive or rude in the process. Also remember the rights of the people around you but don’t let it override your rights especially when it is affecting your mental health.

Stay in an environment which keeps you happy and positive and you are halfway out of this mess.

Think Positive:

Positions aren’t the only things you should change! Work on your mindset as well! Talk to someone with knowledge about these internal emotions. You can check yourself with a doctor as well but also try to meet with a religious scholar dealing with Tazkiyah. Open up about your feelings and emotional turmoil. Taking counsel and guidance from someone close to Allah (SWT) can have a real big impact. It can alter your way of thinking in a lot of matters and give you insight on how to perceive all such situations which make you miserable! The main problem starts with negativity. Be positive, think positive and you will be happy. If you find this hard to do on your own, then don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help.

Remember You Are Stronger Than This:

Be strong and believe you are strong enough fight this. Ask Allah (SWT) for help and believe that He will help you get through this. The feeling of depression and anger shouldn’t bring you down as they are normal human emotions. Smile and be prepared to battle them with a strong will. Where there is a will, there is a way!

 

How do you deal with depression and anger? Share in the comment section down below!