Anger, when properly used, is an incredibly helpful emotion. The danger lies in unchecked anger, which often turns to rage and can not only damage relationships, but also our own health.
“Anger is a punishment we give to ourselves, for somebody’s else’s mistake.”Anonymous
Chronic anger has health consequences far beyond that of a suppressed immune system. It’s toxic nature is synonymous with heart conditions, high blood pressure, and insomnia. Rage often walks hand in hand with unresolved mental health issues, such as: low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.
Thankfully, there’s good news! As we are now aware, the brain is capable of change, adaptation, and unlearning! We can, most certainly, rewire our brains from hostile to healthful in just a few short months.
Express your anger. You are the first victim of pent-up rage. If you’re not yet a pro at the tactful bit, don’t worry! You might explode on the first few tries, and that’s ok! You’re brain is simply learning new tricks.
Step away from the stressor. Refuse to feed your anger by limiting conversations that upset you; over-simplistic though it seems, walking away from anger-inducing scenarios works wonders for your health.
Go for a run. The goal of anger management strategies is to release the tension in your body. Exercise is often an effective way to eliminate the stress you feel.
Crank up the volume of your headphones. If you’re having trouble letting go of an angry past, try thinking about the maddening scenario WHILE jamming to some loud tunes. This method originates from a well-researched CBT study on stress management.