Put a Lid on Anger
Blowing your top. Hitting the roof. Getting fired up.
Considering the damage it can do to your body, it’s no surprise that anger is described in such violent terms.
The effects of anger can last up to a week: Outbursts send one’s heart rate and blood pressure skyrocketing
and increase the circulation of stress hormones.
Excessive anger raises the risk for heart disease and possibly the rate of hardening of the arteries. Anger
can even trigger potentially deadly heart rhythms in vulnerable people.
While you can’t always control what makes you angry, you can learn to manage your anger so it doesn’t damage you.
- Ta ke a brea ther . Breathe deeply or visualize a soothing image until you calm down
- Look for humor in the situation
- Burn it off . Even a short walk can release physical tension and reduce stress hormones
- Be asser tive , not aggressive. Directly address the problem, calmly and effectively. How can you resolve it now or prevent it in the future? If you can’t, let it go!
- If your an ger is out of con trol, get professional help.