Keep Calm…For Your Health!

Anger is a powerful human emotion and stress is a natural response to difficult and/or overwhelming situations. Chronic stress and anger can result in a myriad of physical and psychological problems like: depression, hypertension, migraines, tension headaches and an accelerated heart rate. Many different anger management techniques like: writing in a diary, exercise, meditation and yoga can ease your stress, reduce your anger and improve the standard of your daily life.

What Are The Physical Effects of Stress and Infection On The Body?

When you are stressed it can trigger anger, rage, frustration and/or irritability. Prolonged tension and anger can activate the “fight or flight” response in your body. When you are worried your body produces additional amounts of adrenaline and cortisol, stress hormones. Your system then prepares to shield itself from injury by shifting blood circulation from your stomach prior to your muscles (so you can flee from danger fast). During this time your temperature rises, heart rate elevates blood pressure increases, breathing pattern changes, self-awareness enhances and you start to sweat. Uncontrolled stress and anger brought on by the constant production of stress chemicals alongside various metabolic alterations can damage several parts of the human body.

Health problems related to chronic stress and anger include:

Migraines
Tension Headaches
Gastrointestinal Distress (Upset Stomach, Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting and/or Abdominal Pain)
Weight Gain
Insomnia
Hypertension or Higher Blood Pressure
Skin Diseases (Eczema and/or Psoriasis)
Strokes and Heart Attacks
Arrhythmias (Irregular Heartbeats)
Performance Lapses
Teeth Grinding
Facial Flushing
Fist Clutching                                                                                                                                                            Throwing Raccoon Poop at your husband
Cardiac Arrest and/or Death

Which Are The Emotional Effects of Stress and Anger Physically?

Chronic tension and anger may also bring about plenty of emotional and psychological issues such as: feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, depression, anxiety, self-loathing, very low self-esteem, recklessness, spontaneous and/or dangerous behaviors and addictions.

Helplessness and/or Hopelessness
Fluctuating Mood Swings
Anxiety
Depression
Phobias
Aggressive and/or Impulsive Behaviors
Rage
Personality Changes
Irritability
Restlessness
Excessive Worrying
Sadness and Despair
Feelings of Allergic and Insecurity
Inattention
Emotional Exhaustion

How Can I Reduce My Stress and Handle My Anger Issues?

Keep a Diary

Write down what’s causing anxiety in your life, anger-related activates, how long you have experienced stress, how you manage your anxiety, how you are feeling after an anger episode, manners which you could decrease your anxiety (exercising, seeing a friend, going to have ice cream, etc.) and ways that you can solve your issues. Identifying the root of your tension and anger can help you gauge when you’re overwhelmed by tasks, responsibilities, etc. so you may reduce your load or change your situation before it contributes to bodily and/or emotional problems.

Relaxation Strategies

When you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, stressed and/or angry, it’s time for you to take some time out to unwind. Relaxation approaches like: deep-breathing , listening to music, visiting a friend, meditating, studying a book or magazine, conversing on the phone, surfing the internet and/or visualizing a relaxing scene may ease your stress and calm you down when you are angry.

Exercising

Exercising can lower your tension and help you handle your anger issues. Physical activities like exercising at a fitness center, walking, dancing, jogging and/or lifting weights and/or engaging in sports such as: basketball, football or baseball can help release “pent-up” emotions, especially in situations where you are at the breaking point. When you begin to feel stressed and/or your anger starts to grow, step away from the situation and take a quick walk or jog around the building or down the road. When you exercise your body produces certain “feel good” brain chemicals, which balances your moods, boosts your energy and causes you to feel more relaxed and less anxious than normally.

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Yoga might help release your tension, unwind your muscles and clear your head. It can also help you handle your anger issues and attain peace. According to a 2005 Harvard study, people with psychological and/or psychological issues such as: manic depression, clinical depression, schizophrenia, tension, hostility, anxiety, anger and exhaustion experienced a substantial decline in tension and anger after engaging in 1 yoga session. When you always feel stressed, anger, anxious or nervous, enroll in a yoga class or practice yoga at home. Yoga reconnects mind to your own body in a peaceful way so you can think logically prior to responding with anger, rage and/or impulsive behavior. It can also improve your mood so that you’re not easily angered.

Meditation

Meditating will help clear your mind whenever you’re stressed and/or angry. In fact, mediating can block you from getting mad when you’re overwhelmed. When you are calm and thinking clearly, you’re better equipped to think of strategies to resolve your problems and/or manage your anger issues. Additionally, meditating can give you a sense of inner peace that lasts the entire day. It reduces your stress so that you are able to see the situation more accurately. When you’re stressed and/or angry, visit a location that is quiet and interruption-free and repeat a relaxing or happy word, idea or image in your mind. You may chant a phrase such as: “ooommm” or you may simply imagine a stress-free place such as: an island or shore. If neither idea works, consider focusing on the sound of your breathing. If you don’t feel rested following the first form of mediation, then continue it until you feel more relaxed.