I used to be an angry kind of person—honestly, I can still be quick to anger depending on the situation—but we talked about mindfulness can reduce stress and that stress is bad for you so I thought I’d talk a little about anger today.

Adrenaline and cortisol are a couple of stress hormones that run through the body when we enter “fight or flight” mode. While these chemicals prepare the body to exert itself, too much can cause a variety of health problems both long-term and short. Some of them include:

  • Headache
  • Digestion problems
  • Insomnia
  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin problems
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

To address your anger, first you need to understand where the anger comes from. This is usually pretty straight forward but, in some cases, being quick to anger can be a side effect of something else—such as a brain injury.

If the cause of your anger is a disagreement with someone you meet with frequently, it’s best to talk out your issues, but you need to do so in a way that’s safe for you and them—and you need to be sure that both of you are in a position to actually listen and not just bark out your feelings. You also need to be aware that there may be no agreement found other than agreeing to disagree.

For other causes—and mitigating stress from arguments—your go to stress relieving activity is usually the best bet as long as it isn’t harmful to yourself or others. Some people run, some listen to music or read, taking a bath, talking to a friend, or even that mindfulness stuff we talked about last week can be helpful to reduce that angry stress.

If your stress reduction methods don’t seem to be working lately, it may be time to consider talking with your doctor about finding the cause or finding new ways to help manage your anger.

Info: Better Health Victoria: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/anger-tips-to-resolve-arguments

https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/anger-how-it-affects-people

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