A new study from Harvard University has found that people are five times more likely to have a heart attack following an angry outburst. Rage increases blood pressure, our heart rates and the stickiness of blood – factors which can greatly increase the risk of cardiac arrest.
While many will get angry only rarely, some people will find it difficult to control their rage and will have regular outbursts. If you’re worried this might be you, take a look at our short guide to discover ways of managing your rage to potentially manage your health too.
Count to 10
Rather than losing your rag straight away when someone has annoyed you, take a minute or even a few seconds to count to 10 and recharge. This will help you to come up with a better way of getting your feelings/point across rather than by means of an uncontrolled outburst that you may regret.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Reaching for a bottle of wine, a huge chocolate bar or cigarettes to help relieve stress after work is considered the worst way to manage anger. This ‘avoidance behaviour’ will only build up more anger as it doesn’t deal with the root cause of stress directly. Try to resolve any issues that are making you angry before you go home.
Put aside some ‘me time’
Not having enough time to ourselves can lead to the build-up of stress and agitation. In Britain we work the longest hours in Europe, which means on top of social time we spend very little time relaxing and unwinding. Put aside two nights a week to indulge in hobbies, exercise or watching a box set in bed to make a huge difference to your stress levels.
Mood is greatly affected by diet and lifestyle, so taking regular exercise and replacing junk foods with healthier alternatives will make you much more resilient to moments of stress. Activities such as swimming and yoga can also help to clear the mind.
Take time out during the day
If you are spending several hours a day hunched in front of the computer screen and sat in a tiny office you should always make sure you take a breather to replenish your mind and body. Try to take regular 10-15 minute breaks throughout the day, just to step outside and enjoy the fresh air, or go for a walk around the building to stretch your legs. You will feel instantly brighter and refreshed.
If you’re worried your anger is getting out of hand, hypnotherapy can help to change the way you think or behave in situations that cause your anger to flare up. To find out more, please see our hypnotherapy for anger management page.
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