Don’t you think people these days are so easily angered? Getting easily irritated or piqued by trivial matters all the time is really not good.
When your anger or negative feelings are out of control, your body will secrete stress hormones, causing changes to the body by increasing the heart rate, ventilation rate, muscle contractions, and blood pressure. This is a natural defensive mechanism of the body to ready itself for an emergency, which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and lowers the guard of your immune system. Research points out that if you throw a tantrum, there’s a risk of a blood clot in the brain and bleeding by 3 times, and 6 times more for patients with brain aneurysms.
Those who get angry all the time also have double the risk of cardiovascular disease. Anger also affects your mental health. Research indicates that people with chronic stress have a higher risk of getting depression, anxiety, and stress disorder. So, if you start to get infuriated or realize you are getting hot-headed, try the following methods:
- Count from 1 to 10 slowly and take deep breaths – This classic method works really well. It will calm your temper and bring you back your senses.
- Walk away from the source of anger – If you feel you can’t control your emotions, just walk away to breathe in some fresh air outside or in an open space to calm yourself down and return to face the problem later.
- Try to overlook trivial matters – Don’t get emotional about everything. Not everyone can do everything the way you want. Forgive whatever you can forgive, and it will be good for you.
- Know your anger – This is something that you might need practice with. Try gauging your temper. If you realize you’re getting angry, try to divert your fury in a different direction.
- Put yourself in others’ shoes – Sometimes anger is caused by your own perspective. Try to understand others from their points of view, why they did something and why they think they way they do. When you understand, you will be less angry.
- Train your heart and endure things that are not under your control – Things like traffic and rain are not controllable. Don’t get irritated and stressed by these things, because they are out of your hands. Rather, find a way out or solve the problem, so you don’t get stressed.
- Be professional – If you get angry or exasperated at your workplace, try to think about your professionalism. When there’s a problem or a mistake, you have to deal with it professionally. Keep all your senses, and don’t let the anger damage your work, impede your progress, and tarnish your reputation with your colleagues.
- Get a lot of positive power – When you start a day in a bad mood, try to change it into a good day, by looking for good food, hanging out with your friends for some chitchat, going to the gym to break a sweat. Not only does it keep your anger under control, it also earns you the element of happiness to nurture yourself.
Anger is a normal part of being human, but it’s important that you don’t let anger take control of your life. There’s a saying that ‘anger is stupidity; wrath is insanity.” Keep that in mind the next time you start to feel yourself getting irritated.