I am an angry guy. My temper is very quick. It doesn’t take much to push me over the edge at times. This morning I figured I would make me the subject of my blog. During my time in the military, we were taught to use anger to achieve our objectives. Learn to channel your anger and fear, then you will be unstoppable. It sounds like something out of a bad science fiction novel (probably one that I would write) but it actually works. However, there are downsides to anger that can have long-term effects on our lives.
When anger is triggered via to some type of emotional overload it affects the entire body. One such part of the human anatomy that is affected, is the brain. When we are fearful the brain floods the body with stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). Blood is shunted away from the guts and is channeled to the muscles in preparation for physical exertion (Better Health Channel). Fear and anxiety are two of the emotions that create anger. This may seem like a natural response to danger, but being angry often jeopardizes our health.
Anger places stress on the heart. I don’t have one! While we may wish sometimes that we didn’t have a heart, we are all owners of our own personal beat-box. When we lose our cool, two hours after having our meltdown the risk for a heart attack doubles (Everyday health). For all of the introverts, repressing your anger is associated with heart disease. These facts should be enough to get us off of the anger train but wait…..there is more.
There are even more downsides to angry outbursts. Our risk of having a stroke increases dramatically. It makes our anxiety worse. Our immune system is weakened which makes it easier for us to become ill. Anger impacts our lungs. It is linked to depression and can shorten our lives. All of this is triggered by us worrying about things that we can’t control.
Anger is part of our lives. Often times we over-react to things that we have no control over. Sometimes we oversleep. Our fear of getting in trouble with our bosses or school administrators may trigger our anger when things don’t go right. Perhaps, it comes from wishing that we rated higher on the promotion list. Personal relationships with family and friends can also be a source of contention. Therefore, it may trigger anxiety in us. Avoiding situations that trigger fear and anxiety may cause less stress in our lives, but what kind of life is that?
I am the worst when it comes to dealing with anger. When I finally relent to the pressure that has built up in my life, I hold on to it. It goes back to my training. However, when I refuse to release my death grip on my anger, I am in essence shortening my life. In the military, I was taught to unload my anger on a target. Unleashing it on our civilian counterparts is probably counter-productive. Therefore, I am attempting to find some way to relinquish my anger.
Thus ends my blog about me and my temper. It is my fondest wish that you guys have a great day. Take care of yourselves. I will catch up with you soon.
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