4 Ways How Anger Can Ruin Your Health
Anger is more harmful for our body, brain and spirit than people generally believe. These reasons prove that it's a much better idea to just let that moment pass
Anger is bad for your heart, lungs, immune system and brain functioning
1. Anger is your heart's biggest enemy
People who experience an anger outburst have double the risk of getting a heart attack, according to research performed at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Suppressing anger is not good enough though, since the mental tension and toxic chemicals produced in your lead will still affect your cardiac health. Additionally, angry people are also at an increased risk of getting a stroke due to rupture of brain's arteries.
2. It's bad for your immune functioning
People who get angry often also get sick often, according to research at Harvard Medical School. Sudden and continuous bursts of anger are difficult for your body to deal with and often suppressing the working of our immune system for more than six hours after the venting.
3. It makes you anxious and even depressed
Stress not only hampers your decision making ability but also increases your risk of getting coronary heart diseases. And anger leads to stress (voila!), anxiety and even depression according to studies published in Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
4. It's a roadblock in your productivity and creativity
Not just your heart, immune system and lungs, anger is detrimental for your mental health also. This is because negative and toxic emotions like anger make you lose focus and prevent you from concentrating on the rational logic. Thus it's easier for angry people to also fall into bad habits like drugs, alcoholism and smoking.
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