Scientists at Harvard University have unveiled new research, showing the link between anger levels and the risk of heart attack. Their findings show that those in a rage are five times more likely to have a heart attack, since angry outbursts are known to raise blood pressure, the ‘stickiness’ of our blood and our heart rate.
While anger is a natural feeling that we all experience from time to time, some may find themselves losing their temper too frequently, putting them at more risk. If you are someone who finds themselves flying into a rage all too easily, read our tips below to learn how you can manage both your anger levels and the health of your most vital organ.
1) Make time for number one
Stress can arise from being on the go all the time without any time to ourselves. We work longer hours than the rest of Europe, leaving little time to relax and indulge in whatever we so choose. Be disciplined and make sure you set aside at least two evenings a week to chill out in front of the telly or partake in a hobby or sport. It will break up the week and leave your mind and body more refreshed.
2) Take a moment to calm yourself
When something has angered you, it can be easy to lose your cool. The old advice of counting to ten is very sound. Sometimes, taking that bit longer will help you get things into perspective, stopping you from saying things you may later regret or wish you had worded differently.
3) Make changes to your lifestyle
A healthy body equals a healthy mind – your mood is very much dependent upon the foods you put into your body and your lifestyle. If you tend to consume lots of junk food and partake in little exercise, it’s bound to follow that your moods will suffer and you will be more prone to stress. Start making healthier choices and try some relaxing exercise methods such as yoga or Pilates.
4) Knock bad habits on the head
Alcohol, chocolate and cigarettes are some of the things many of us reach for in times of stress and anger. However, these are all just ways of avoiding the problem in hand rather than dealing with it. Try to resolve the issue rather than seeking a distraction by engaging in unhealthy habits.
5) Take a break
You may feel that working through lunch means you getting more done during your day, but this can, in fact, be counter-productive. Your body needs a breather to revitalise and help you cope with the tasks ahead. Taking even 15 minutes to stretch your legs will help you feel far less tense and better able to concentrate.
If you regularly find your anger levels spiralling out of control, hypnotherapy may be the answer for you. The treatment is well reputed in helping with anger management, re-educating the mind to deal with situations in more productive ways.