A person, however balanced or calm in normal life, sometimes finds him or herself becoming ragefullyangry in an unhappy situation. The level of anger is proportional to one’s level of unhappiness. Such unhappiness triggers lot of uncontrollable actions or behavioral changes by momentary loss of sanity or vanity. This begins a chain reaction in our brain which leads to our adrenal glands secreting stress hormones like Cortisol, Adrenaline, and Noradrenaline.
- Cortisolis released in response to stress and low blood-glucose concentration. It functions to increase blood sugar, to suppress the immune system, and to aid in the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates
- Adrenaline increases blood flow to muscles, output of the heart, pupil dilation, and blood sugar
- Noradrenaline increases arousal and alertness, and focuses attention; it also increases restlessness and anxiety in our body, it increases heart rate and blood pressure, triggers the release of glucose from energy stores, increases blood flow to skeletal muscle, and reduces blood flow to the gastrointestinal system.
In a real life accidental dangerous situation such as facing a wild animal or robber, the activation of these hormones is welcome, because all our body’s senses and functions are now focused converging to deal with the physical danger. We react quickly, we are more alert, and our heart beats faster— which will help us act fast and deal with the danger, but when stress hormones keep getting released in anger situations, this creates a chain of negative effects on our body.
DAMAGES DUE TO ANGER
- Elevated cortisol kills neurons in the hippocampus and disrupts creation of new ones. This weakens short-term memory and prevents you from forming new memories properly (which is also why you may not remember what you say in an argument)
- Too much cortisol decreases Serotonin— the homone that makes you happy. This makes you feel anger and pain more easily, as well as increase aggressive behavior and lead to depression.
- Temporary Increase in the heart rate, Blood pressure and Blood glucose
- Frequent bouts of anger may lead to a danger of stroke and heart attack
- Thyroidfunction deteriorates
- Adversely affects digestive system due to intestinal contraction
- Blood capillaries in eyes get enlarged hence Eyesight is damaged
- Creates throbbing Headache
Here’s a full info graphic of the process:
So what is the guidance advice ?
WIN OVER ANGER!
STOP GETTING ANGRY !!
Try to analyse the force on the trigger for your angerin all the unhappy situations
Here are some simple tips:
- Think situations calmly. May be your family member made you angry. Has anger helped you solve the issue? Probably not. So how about thinking in a calm way and using a different approach to tackle this? May be your loved ones will be more receptive when you speak calmly and nicely to them. Many of us are really seeking for love, understanding, and respect. When we communicate angrily shouting, the other person feels insulted and tries to overpower the argument by retaliating same way. This escalates an angry exchange
- Find ways to address the issues frustrating you without anger. When you feel angry, it’s usually because your frustration due to an unhappy situation or other’s personal approach, has compounded to a point of explosion, and it’s too late to reel back the emotions. Plan before you get angry, not after you get angry. Make a list of things frustrating you. Address each problem and act on it before it blows up
- Be the bigger person. Many times our anger comes from people not meeting our expectations. We think the person is not kind enough, not sensitive enough, not considerate enough. What are your expectations, and are they really important? Can you be the bigger person and let them go? After all, when you feel angry at others, you are the one who suffers, with the anger burning in your heart. Forgiving, not subjecting people to sky-high expectations, and learning to embrace flaws will make you a much happier person, which creates harmony for everyone. Sometimes, the difficult people are the ones who need love the most
- Cut off toxic relationships. Spend time with happy, conscious people. If you are regularly frustrated with a friend, such as by his/her insensitivity or close-mindedness, then talk to him/her less often and spend your time with those who make you happy. If you don’t have such friends, may be it’s time to make new friends
- Spend more time in nature. Nature has a healing effect on our soul and body as proven in scientific studies. In a study by Japanese researcher, it was found that walking or staying in a forest (a practice known as forest bathing) decreased hostility and depression significantly while increasing liveliness among participants. If you don’t live near nature, play videos of nature to mimic being in nature
- Divert your energy to constructive Activities. Frustration can come when your energy is not put in to good use. Perhaps your work place isn’t letting you utilize your skills fully. Perhaps your home environment has a lot of constraints that prevent you from resting/working. Take the time to address these environmental issues. In your spare time, read enriching sites, listen to audio books, and listen to educational podcasts. Channel your energy in to your goals rather than frustrating activities.
Beyond these tips, if you are constantly angry, understand the source of your anger. Why are you angry? What are you angry about? And why do these things anger you? Anger doesn’t have to be the reaction even when a situation is frustrating, and when we are constantly angry, it reflects latent anger in us that should be looked into for inherited genetically family sources.
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