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Everyone gets angry. It may be for different reasons, but everyone gets that feeling of wanting to scream, yell and throw something from time-to-time. Did you know that anger is bad for your health? It is, and that’s why it’s important to learn how to manage it well.
Uncontrolled Anger Is Bad for Your Health
For some people, anger isn’t an occasional thing, but a regular part of their lives. You might feel better, briefly, to say that expletive or punch that wall. But the truth is those reactions don’t make you better. Angry outbursts actually weaken your immune system, making you more likely to get sick. Poor anger management leads to high blood pressure, which increases your risk for heart attacks and other coronary diseases. Plus you come off as a jerk to people, and who wants that?
A 4-Step Method to Control Anger
When you get angry, it’s better to do this:
Breath. Before you respond, breathe deeply for a few minutes. The physical act of slow, controlled breathing actually helps calm you.
Relax your muscles. Make a conscious effort to relax the shoulders and release the muscle tension. Like controlled breathing, this is all about taking physical steps to achieve emotional results.
Get it out. Once you’ve taken a breath and relaxed, journal or ponder what you’re feeling and why. Those emotions do need to be processed.
Seek context. Make sure you think rationally, not emotionally. Evaluate why you’re angry and consider if it’s something truly important or just a momentary annoyance.
It’s important to deal with anger properly. The next time you get angry, use these techniques to control your response. You’ll be a better person for others to be around, and your health depends on it!