HomeHome SearchSearch MenuMenu Our productsOur products Ask an ExpertAsk an Expert

Warning: Get a grip on your anger before it ruins your heart!

by , 30 October 2013

Chris Brown has always had anger issues. We could of told you that when he hit girlfriend, Rihanna. Now the singer has checked himself into a facility to help him ‘calm down' after he was accused of assault. According to the alleged victim, Brown punched him in the nose this weekend when he tried to photobomb a picture the star was taking with a female fan. But what Brown doesn't realise is his anger outbursts are ruining more than just his reputation… They're hurting his heart too!

If you have Chris Brown like outbursts, listen up: Long-term anger – even moderate anger – can be unhealthy for your heart!

That’s right! Being angry all the time doesn’t just ruin your relationships, it makes you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke!

Revealed: Anger’s negative effects on your heart

While scientists aren’t sure exactly how this works, “emotions such as anger and hostility quickly activate the ‘fight or flight response,’ in which stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, speed up your heart rate and breathing and give you a burst of energy. Blood pressure also rises as your blood vessels constrict,” says webMD.

This can cause unnecessary wear-and-tear on your heart and can speed up the process in which fatty plaques build up your arteries.

Scary, right?

And it’s a good reason to take the time to learn techniques that can make you slower to explode.

Manage your anger better to protect your heart

One such technique is deep breathing and relaxing imagery. This can help calm you down and diffuse anger, explains yahoo.com.

The article also advises you to participate in cognitive restructuring. “Cognitive restructuring is just a fancy way of saying: Change the way you think. People who tend to become angry also tend to speak in ‘colourful’ language such as cursing or swearing that are a reflection of their inner thought patterns. If your thinking is overly dramatic, negative and angry your actions will be too. Replace irrational, emotional thoughts with more rational ones.”

If you suffer from sudden, anger outburst heed this warning! Get yours under control or it could take your life.

Health and Fitness Club - question of the day

First Day Of School
Question: It was my child's first day of school yesterday and today he cried when I dropped him off. He can't tell me what happened, but I can see he's unhappy. What can I do?
Answer: Hi Sasha, going from pre-school to big school can be very stressful for a child. It may be a good id... read all answer here

Related articles

Ask our Experts a Question

Linda Weech
Vanessa Jackson (BSc Anat&Phys, AEA, NLP)
Karin Iten, FSP Nutritionals, BA (Hons)
Nicqui Grant
Annabel Koffman

Related articles

Watch And Learn

Related Products