Another driver cut you off or your spouse says something that irks you; anger causes stress hormones to flood your bloodstream, causing your face to flush, your heart to race and your blood pressure to rise. According to the Berkeley Wellness Newsletter, there’s a large body of research that supports the idea that chronically angry people are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease. (The word “anger” even comes from the same root as “angina,” the chest pains caused by inadequate blood supply to the heart.) Now, a systematic review in the European Heart Journal suggests that a single angry outburst can have immediate adverse effects.
Simply put, anger is a fact of life. However, if you are prone to uncontrolled or chronic anger, it’s important to find ways to temper your temper.
- Counseling: Forget the stigma regarding counseling. Actually, a professional can help you identify what makes you angry and help you learn skills to remedy the situation. Develop an anger game plan for controlling your next anger outburst
- Meditation: Research proves that folks with a high cardiovascular risk – who meditated regularly – had fewer heart attacks and less anger after five years than those who didn’t meditate.
- Glass Half Full: There’s plenty of research that personality and optimism improve health … so count your blessings and try to look for the silver lining!