I read this article today about the subject of anger and the affect it has on the body. It seems that the research shows that it is not all bad.
According to EurekAlert. When we get angry, the heart rate, arterial tension and testosterone production increases, cortisol (the stress hormone) decreases, and the left hemisphere of the brain becomes more stimulated. This is indicated by a new investigation lead by scientists from the University of Valencia (UV) that analyses the changes in the brain’s cardiovascular, hormonal and asymmetric activation response when we get angry.
The positive emotions, like happiness, are usually associated to a motivation of closeness, and the negative ones, like fear and sadness, are characterised by a motivation of withdrawal.
However, not all emotions behave in accordance with this connection. “The case of anger is unique because it is experienced as negative but, often, it evokes a motivation of closeness“, the expert explains.
The object of your anger, likely as a means to stop the conflict. And when it comes to anger, resolving the upset is a very wise decision.
Suppression of Anger can be a killer.
Suppressing Anger can have a negative affect on your body. It does not feel good and you can become bitter, feel like everything is hopeless you feel sad, you forget to laugh or generally have a good time. The anger is overwhelming. It is so unhealthy. It causes
2. upset stomach
5. High blood pressure
6. Heart attack
It generally weakens your immune system.
Letting your anger out explosively may be harmful because it triggers surges in stress hormones and injures blood vessel linings.
However, simply holding in your anger isn’t the answer either; this has been linked to increases in blood pressure and heart rate. A new study even found that suppressing your anger may triple your chances of a heart attack.
It is healthier to “say what you have to say” and get it over with. Getting angry makes you more focused on what is important to you, a time to resolve an issue. Often will resolve a conflict with whom you are angry.
Life is too short to carry anger.
I have had an example of the damage that anger can do, when my Father had a stroke. He was a very proud and intelligent man but an unforgiving man and held a grudge. At the early age of 65 he had a stroke which debilitated him for 7 years till he died. This is a result from suppressing anger and generally being grumpy and getting it “off his chest” as they say.
It is important to resolve your anger as quick as you can so it does not affect your mind and body.
There are many ways of coping with anger.
a. Relax – sometimes easier said than done but deep breathing is an excellent solution. It works and you become more focused and relaxed.
b. Empathizing with the person or situation that has caused the anger.
c. Exercise – This I know works. By the time you get back from the gym or walk you usually have calmed down and able to think better and resolve the situation with ease.
d. Prayer, meditation, This is also excellent.
e. Ask yourself – In 15 min will it matter, will it matter the next day, does it really matter at all? Is it worth getting all stewed up about.
f. Can someone help – Maybe if you speak to a person that maybe able to see another side to your anger. Ask yourself “Am I being silly”
Anger is natural but it is better if you can release it. It is better if you can release it in a healthy way.
I am sure my Father would have lived many more years had he not held anger inside. Had he seen the lighter side of life he would be with my Mum today, who is now 93 and refuses to be ruffled for anybody.
EUREKALERT May 31, 2010