Anger and your health
Posted July 6, 2008on:
There are many serious and very dangerous side effects associated with constantly being angry. Anger puts extra stress on all of your body’s systems. Long, frequent periods of anger have been associated with problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even strokes. Chronic anger goes hand and hand with insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse; all of which have the possibility of taking devastating tolls on an individual’s mind and body.
Along with the damage it can cause to your body, it can also take a toll on your home life and your family’s home life. When you are constantly angry, you tend to take it out on those that are at your disposal. A family that has to walk on eggshells around one of its members can not be a happy and peacefully functioning unit.
The person feeling angry is not the only person that has to worry about stress. The friends and family of an angry individual may also be dealing with a tremendous amount of unhealthy stress. These individuals are also at risk for stress related illnesses and depression.
Try to think about the people you work with and the people you live with the next time that you feel an outburst coming on. They may be the source of your anger or they may not be. Your internal and external conflict may be causing bad side effects on you and your peers. Take a deep breath, step back from the situation, and allow yourself to come down before you overreact. You will find that not only are you happier but so is everyone around you.
Carlos Todd, LPC
President, Conflict Coaching & Consulting, PLLC