Have you heard that you may have "anger issues"? Here are a few ways you can recognize it and why you need to work on those issues right away!
Hidden Anger Signals - Sometimes our bodies will react to hidden fury before we recognize we are angry. Here are some things to look for: upset stomach, clenched jaw, teeth grinding, headaches, spaciness/forgetfulness, tearing up easily and dry mouth. There may be more your body is trying to tell you...take notice!
Danger to Others - Can I say "road rage"? Extra emotional demands can mess with your reaction time when you are behind the wheel, which can increase your chances of making a critical error. Sometimes anger can lead to emotional or physical violence to someone else which can change your life (and someone else's) forever.
Danger to Self - Having a lot of hidden anger takes a toll on your body as well. It will raise your cortisol levels and if you are chronically angry it will keep them raised which can weaken your immune system, raise your blood pressure and slow your metabolism so you get sluggish and feel your memory fog up. A slow metabolism can also cause you to gain weight which can lead to a bunch of other health issues as well. Not to mention, you can hurt yourself if you are angry and punch a wall or door. Trust me. I know some people who have broken hands with this kind of anger!
Some Ways to Help Combat Anger Issues Own Your Emotions - Pay attention to how often your anger pops up and what may trigger it. You can't fix something you don't acknowledge.
Sleep Well - Sleep deprivation leads to agitation which leads to more anger.
Exercise - It decreases anger and releases feel good chemicals!
Distract Yourself - It's hard to have two different emotions at once, so do something that is the opposite of anger. Cuddle your pet, watch something funny or inspiring on TV or YouTube or do something nice for someone else.
Breathe - Deep, slow breathing really does calm you down. It actually helps keep you from getting too worked up by releasing cool down chemicals in your body.
Count to 10 - Flight or fight is a fast reaction and a rational mind moves more slowly. Give your mind a chance to catch up to avoid doing something in anger
Quiet Your Mind - Quiet your mind 15 to 20 minutes everyday with meditation, relaxation or prayer. This will calm your entire nervous system.
Channel Your Anger Positively - If you are angry about current events, find a way you can help in that situation. You not only will meet like minded people, but, actually make a difference.
If none of the above seem to help, you may want to talk to a doctor or therapist to see what else may help. Whatever you do, don't keep that anger all pent up inside. Learn to "let it go" in healthy ways whenever you can!--Jen Lush