Anger : A Balancing Act   



Anger : A Balancing Act

 
>It is the person who hates that suffers. Studies show that people who repeatedly become angry over everyday stresses are setting themselves for health problems. Heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are just a few of the major risks.

Unprocessed or suppressed anger leads to stomach-aches, headaches, anxiety and depression.

So how do you know if you're too angry? Here's a checklist:

1. Do people often tell you to calm down?

2. Do you use alcohol, drugs or cigarettes to calm you down?

3. Do you have trouble sleeping?

4. Do you sometimes feel misunderstood?

5. Do you often feel like attacking someone verbally or physically?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to reassess yourself. Anger causes stress and vice versa. This is because the body produces stress hormones to help you with a "fight or flight" response. But when the body produces too much of these hormones, a person would usually feel emotional, irritable, anxious and depressed.

A long period of stress weakens the immune system, increases bad cholesterol and eventually causes disease.

Balancing your work and recreation is just one key to taming your anger

The emotional scale:

1. Express your feelings in appropriate ways. Being assertive is not aggressive.

2. Think before you act. Ask yourself if the offense is authentic or just a trigger of past undesirable experiences.

3. Choose. You may choose to react impulsively and regret things that you said, or you may respond by acknowledging the person's emotion without refuting it.

The physical scale:

1. Cut down or avoid caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes altogether. These are substances that alter your state of mind and judgment.

2. Exercise. It produces "happy hormones" like endorphins that make you feel good and relaxed.

3. Talk. Opening up to friends and family might not solve the conflict, but it should keep the grudge off your chest.

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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