It’s hardly news that bottling up your emotions has a negative effect on your body and mind.
What IS news, is that letting this anger out through angry outburst can have just as much of a detrimental effect.
In fact, a study of thousands of heart attack patients has found that those who stated they had regularly “flown into a rage” in the previous year were more than twice as likely to have had their heart attack within two hours of that episode, says Reuters
The participants’ reported that the most common causes of angry outbursts were family issues, conflicts at work and commuting, says eMaxHealth
And anger while commuting’s becoming a bigger problem around the world as more people take to the roads, meaning it’s highly likely you’ll sit in a traffic jam, stressing your way to higher anger levels, says FSPHealth
Now, having an angry outburst also raises your risk of having a heart attack.
Here’s why angry outbursts raise your heart attack risk…
Anger releases the fight-or-flight-response hormones.
These, in turn, raise your blood pressure
and pulse, constrict blood vessels and make blood platelets stickier, which increases the risk of blood clots and heart attacks, explains Reuters
Try this breathing technique the next time you feel like having an angry outburst!
One of the easiest ways to relieve stress
and anger is to learn how to control your breathing, says FSP Health
Simply inhaling slowly through your nose while counting to five, then exhale through your mouth while counting to eight, says About Stress
Repeat until you feel calmer and the urge to have an angry outburst has passed.
You’ll be doing your physical – and mental – health the world of good if you master this technique!