If queue jumpers, bad service, and people who wear beanies in the gym are just a few of the niggling, serotonin sappers that have already set you off before 10am, well, then this article is especially for you.
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion, neither good nor bad. And like any other emotion, it conveys a message telling you that the message you’re receiving is upsetting, unjust or threatening. However, if your reaction to anger is to explode, that message never has a chance to be conveyed. There’s a big difference between fighting for a cause and losing your cool.
While it is perfectly normal to feel angry when you’ve been wronged, anger becomes a problem when you express it in a way that harms yourself or others.
Sure, life can’t be about rainbows and unicorns all the time, but if you’ve noticed that you mostly feel angry, that small or petty things regularly set you off, or that you frequently regret something you’ve done or said; chances are that your anger is out of control.
Anger is a strong emotion and constantly losing your cool can hurt more than just relationships. A recent report in the European Heart Journal showed that people were almost five times more likely to have a heart attack in the two hours after a heated exchange. Anger ups your risk of getting a stroke, weakens your immune system, and is linked to anxiety and depression.
Here’s the thing, remember that your outbursts are a behaviour, not an identity. These outburst aren’t who you are, it is simply the way you respond. You can change this.
Explosive anger erodes respect and makes it hard for others to trust you or feel comfortable around you.
“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Source: youngmenshealthsite.org, dadabhagwan.org, forbes.com, theguardian.com, news24.com, cosmopolitan.com, kidadl.com, mayoclinihealthsystem.org, womenshealthmag.com, healthline.com, webmd.com, helpguide.org, menshealth.com, menshealth.com.au
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