The Tank Hosts Anger and Stress Management Session


December 23, 2020 – Amman, Jordan: The Tank, Umniah's entrepreneurship incubator, held a virtual session on anger and stress management delivered by ACC Accredited Coach & Mentor Lina Ayesh. The seminar, which falls directly in line with the company’s continuous efforts to give insight on the obstacles and challenges that entrepreneurs and startup owners are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.


During the workshop, Umniah CSR and Innovation Manager Nicole Shahin said that 2020’s coronavirus pandemic had a significant impact on people’s emotional health, bring with it sudden changed circumstances, job instability, loneliness, and emotions including frustration and anger. She went on to add that this final workshop for 2020 is the last in a series of virtual events held by The Tank since the onset of the pandemic, all of which were designed to empower entrepreneurs and support them to overcome the challenges that accompany running a business, with a focus on coping with the effects of the pandemic. According to Shahin, exposure to painful and challenging situations, including the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job, can create stress or feelings of anger for some, adding that it is important to have coping mechanisms in hand to manage and overcome the challenges.


At the workshop, Eng. Ayesh said that 2020 is a year characterized by collective suffering, and many have felt overwhelmed with negative feelings. Anger, according to Ayesh, is one of the most difficult negative emotions to manage, and early identification of the feelings as well as a coping strategy allow people to process their feelings in a healthier manner. She pointed out that the negative impact of anger and stress also have societal effects, including social isolation due to people avoiding an angry and stressed person, which increases levels of anxiety and increases conflicts, both at home and at work. Negative feelings may also have a psychological impact on memory and the brain’s work centers and may lead to various sorts of addiction if suppressed. During the workshop, Ayesh offered participants various strategies for dealing with and controlling anger, as well as coping mechanisms, anger management training such as enhancing listening and breathing skills, writing down emotions and analyzing them, thinking deeply and then acting, in addition to increasing awareness of the cycle of negative feelings and the nature of its stages.