In the United States, heart diseases cause almost half of all deaths every year, twice as many as cancer. Emotions have deep and direct relation with the heart and it is common fact that stress is a bad influence. Little that people know is the negative effects of anger and the lack of emotional support from other people in the life of a person. In this article, we will talk about anger and how you can control it to avoid serious consequences.
It has been proven by psychological tests that people who have high hostility in their lives are prone to heart attack and die earlier from different causes. It was believed that more Type A persons, driven by achievement and work, had heart attacks than Type B persons who are casual and relaxed. Being a Type A or Type B person does not matter as it is hostility that is the main reason for increased heart attacks.
In addition, anger is not good for a person with heart disease. The efficiency of the pumping of the heart deteriorates during anger. A person is not punished for an angry heart, but he is punished by angry heart. Does this make sense?
According to Brian Tracey, five minutes of uncontrolled anger consumes much energy like working in straight eight hours. The muscles become weak with burning up of sugar and one shakes with anger. Unlike animals, we carry hostility and anger in our hearts for a long time. Hostile people have poor health habits like drinking alcohol, smoking, overeating, and etc.
Anger hurts us yet it is hard to let go of it. We may be very angry with someone and it does not feel right to forgive and let them get away. The truth is, letting go of anger is the kindest thing you could do to yourself.
When angry thoughts keep coming to your mind regarding other people, then you should stop like you would in a red traffic light. If you feel that you are being taken for granted by someone, then you should be assertive with that person rather than simmering or seething over it. There is a big difference between being assertive and being aggressive as being assertive is healthy.
When you are in a situation that makes you angry, then you should do something to distract yourself. Like for example, if you are in line in a supermarket and it is moving too slow, instead of complaining with the cashier, pick up a magazine from the rack and grab the opportunity to catch up with the show business events.
Pretend that it is the last moment of your life. Imagine if it is the last day of your life and you already know about it before, would you still get angry about petty things? You would probably be magnanimous and gracious. You would make amends, forgive, and forget.
Managing your anger is good for the general health, especially to your heart. However, this is not enough. Good medical care like regular checkups of cholesterol level, blood pressure, and other health risks are also important.