Anger is a bad habit that everyone experiences at one time or another. Sometimes, if handled correctly, it can be a catalyst to self-improvement as well as effecting positive changes within your family and outside community.
However, if you find yourself being constantly angry, that’s a bad thing and can lead to serious illness and inability to cope.
Many studies have shown a strong connection between this habit and bad health, such as high blood pressure, heart problems, inflammation, and psychological issues.
In particular, anger releases the hormones, cortisol and norepinepherine which activate the flight-stress response. When this happens, heart and breathing rates increase, arteries constrict, blood moves away from internal organs, and inflammation and stress increase.
In senior citizens, persistent anger leads to inflammation and chronic illness.
Anger: Study Results
Results from many studies is unequivocal — anger is bad for your health. In one study that evaluated more than 200 participants — aged 59 to 93, anger caused a significant deterioration in health. Cardiovascular issues, inflammation, increased stress, and hypertension. These effects were more serious in senior citizens.
Some Tips To Help Control Your Mood
Here are several tips.
- Exercise: It can help prevent anger from building up as well as calm you down when rage hits you. Brain endorphins are released — they improve mood and increase calmness.
- Therapy: It is cathartic as it helps you realize ways you can control it. You learn to recognize any self-defeating negative thoughts that lie behind flare-ups.
- Antidepressants: Drugs can sometime work. But, also any drug will also have side-effects. Celexa and Zoloft are commonly prescribed for these issues; they calm the nervous system rand reduce the intensity of anger. Overall, they can have a positive effect.
While anger can be destructive to your health and social relationships, it can also be positive. Consider it a warning signal that you may be on the verge and it’s time to pull back from the cliff. Without intervention, you are putting your health at great risk.