December 07 2017 at 08:30 AM by Vamakshi Saklani
Anger more often than not is accounted for as an unpleasant reaction to an unmet demand or expectation. It is not a very well received reaction to any situation and is thus discouraged in most social settings. As a result, it tends to be repressed by individuals causing them more harm than good. Holding on to any form of anger can be extremely detrimental to one’s health.
According to studies, suppressing anger can further intensify the experience of pain for individuals. It also puts stress on people’s cardiovascular systems. Above all, pushing down anger has been proven to alleviate anxiety and depression levels for individuals. However, the benefits of acknowledging and addressing anger in a balanced and controlled manner are innumerable. Anger can act as a motivating force making people feel more optimistic and confident. Furthermore, it can help lower stress on the heart and manage pain a little more effectively. Expressing anger as it arises instead of bottling it up has also been found to benefit interpersonal relationships.
Perhaps more than anything else, anger benefits us by alerting us that something is wrong with an individual, interpersonal or societal scale. In the simplest sense, why someone chooses to end a deadening career, or why a person leaves an unhealthy relationship. But this does not mean we should all go around punching walls every time we get annoyed or witness injustice. Addressing anger in a channelized way is equally important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As with so many health-related factors, moderation is the key. Out-of-control expressions of anger (think screaming and escalating rage, maybe to the point of physical violence) can be bad for people’s hearts (literally) — these outbursts have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. In short, there’s a difference between anger and mismanaged anger— and the key to reaping anger’s benefits lies in learning how to cope with it in a healthy way. Every person’s experience of anger is different, based on factors like age, gender, and context. The anger a person feels towards a boss may be different than the feelings she or he directs at a significant other. Anger is a toxin for your body and hence, when you release it, you make your body healthier. The risk of problems such as digestion related, heart-related, headaches and skin related can be reduced simply by venting out your anger.
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