Friday, September 23, 2011

Anger Causes Health Problems

Nowadays nobody is surprised anymore if you see in the news that someone has been beating up because they were having a fight or an argument. It happens when young people go out or even domestic violence is common in the news. Can you remember when Chris Brown hit his girlfriend Rihanna because he was just angry at her? It seems like more people are angry nowadays, or is it just because the media puts 'anger' in the spotlight?

Anger is a really powerful emotion. Uncontrolled anger can lead to arguments, psychical abuse, psychical fights, assaults and self-harm but it can also leads to health problems. Anger triggers the body for a 'fight or flight' response. Other emotions what trigger this response are anxiety, fear and excitement. When your body responds like that, stress hormones like, adrenaline and cortisol floods through the body. The brain redirects bloods away from the gut towards the muscles, prepare them for a physical exertion. It prepares the body to fight or to flight. Everything in your body increases, the blood pressure, the body temperature, the skin perspires and the mind is sharp and focused. The constant flood of these stress hormones together with unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to different systems of the body. The health problems it can causes are:

* Headache
* Digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
* Insomnia
* Increased anxiety
* Depression
* High blood pressure
* Skin problems, such as eczema
* Heart attack
* Stroke

To way to get in control of your anger is to address it and being assertive. This can be done in different ways, for example by setting clear boundaries for yourself or to be aware when people push your buttons. It is important to be assertive so your anger will not build up over time. By being assertive you will not get the anger explosions. People may think that not showing your anger is good way to deal with it because 'it is not right to get angry'. Don't repress your anger because you just don't deal with your anger. In fact, you still haven't addressed it and the anger is still within you. If you don't do anything about it, it can often turn in depression or anxiety. Try to express your anger in a healthy way, do a relaxation exercise. And if angers occur, recognize it and try to accept it as a part of life. Don't let your anger become your health problem.
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