Anger is a powerful emotion. It can lead to arguments, physical fights, physical abuse, assault, and self-harm. The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can cause harm to many different systems of the body. The following are seven health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger:
Anger hurts the heart
Those who get angry easily are four times more likely to develop a myocardial infarction, the most fatal cardiovascular disease.
Anger hurts the liver
According to Chinese medicine, the liver remains healthy if the energy in it moves without obstruction. Anger may hamper this movement and cause damage to the liver. It also can result in the exacerbation of Hepatitis C.
Anger hurts the lungs
Breathing becomes short when one gets angry. The cells in the lungs continue to expand with only a brief pause, which can cause cell damage.
Brain cells become damaged when one gets angry
When one gets angry, blood flows to the brain and increases blood pressure, and the low level of oxygen in the blood produces toxins that can damage brain cells.
Anger causes wounds to heal slower
Those who have a short temper suffer from reduced healing abilities and a longer recovery after an injury.
Anger hurts the stomach and the intestines
Anger excites the sympathetic nervous system and leads to lowering of blood circulation in the stomach and the intestines, reducing one’s appetite. In serious conditions, an ulcer may develop.
Anger might cause sudden death
Still, there are several ways to avoid becoming angry:
- Change your mood
- Sit down or lay down and relax
- Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let go of negative thoughts
- Drink a cup of water to dilute free fatty acids
- Imagine a scene of relaxation
- Take a walk or do some exercises
Translation: Mona Song
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