Using Mindfulness To Combat Anger
We all experience anger. It is a natural feeling; a response to something in our surroundings. Some people experience anger more frequently or stronger than others. Anger can cause us to make bad decisions, react incorrectly or it can even lead us to hurt ourselves or others.
Although it is a natural human emotion, it can cause many problems in our lives and it can have a big effect on our health in a negative way. Being more conscious about our anger, how we react and how to keep calm while feeling these strong emotions will help us improve many different aspects of our lives.
Anger not only affects our day to day lives, it also affects our health. The instructor in clinical psychiatry at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Chris Aiken says “Two hours after an angry outburst, the chance of having a heart attack doubles”.
The brain causes our body to release adrenaline, stress hormones and nor-adrenaline. Anger causes neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain to flow through the body giving us an explosion of energy than can last for several minutes. These hormones and chemicals cause a higher heart rate and blood level, which can be very dangerous.
Anger and the Immune System
Anger weakens the immune system and increases the chances of stroke. 2 hours after an anger outburst, chances of stroke increase greatly. In a Harvard University study, scientists found that even if people were healthy, their levels of antibody immunoglobulin A (cells that defend our body against infection) would dip if they recalled an anger related experience.
Basically, by simply recalling an angry time in our lives, our immune system and overall health decreases. This strong emotion is also linked to depression at it can worsen anxiety. These strong emotions are bad for our health, bad for our life and bad for the people around us. The good news is; anger can be controlled and calmed if we become more mindful individuals and be more conscious about what we are feeling and why.
Ask yourself when you get the chance, why am I angry? What causes me to be angry? Will this emotion help me grow or improve in any aspect of my life? Does this emotion make me a better person? Is this emotion affecting the people around me? Answering these questions may help you be more aware of this emotion and make it easier to keep calm when you experience it in the future.
4 Healthy and Simple Ways to Help Calm Anger
Many people use alcohol, violence or unhealthy reactions to cope with anger, but there are other options that are more effective and better for you and your health. Once you find something that helps calm your angry emotions, you can use it in the future and eventually control anger and your reaction. A part from medications that can make things worse, here are some incredibly useful natural things and ways to calm anger.
Lavender Bath – This might seem like a very simple thing to do when angry but it is incredibly effective. Lavender oil not only smells good; it calms you down and helps with anxiety. This essential oil has strong calming properties that work perfectly when you are experiencing anger or anxiety. Mix 3 to 5 drops of lavender oil in your bath, sit back and relax. Take a breath and let go of whatever is making you angry.
Calm Your Anger with Exercise – When you are feeling angry, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. Make it a priority. If something or someone is causing you to feel angry, get away and take a walk. It doesn’t have to be a 2 hour long, intense work out, simply go outside and take a walk. Get your body moving and your brain thinking about other things. Listen to a calming song and let go of the strong emotions that are causing you to tense up and feel stressed and angry. Test out various different types of exercises and choose the one that helps you the most.
Listen To Music – When feeling angry, put your headphones on and listen to your favorite song. Distract yourself by singing or listening closely to the lyrics of your preferred band. Listening to music will help you forget about the anger you are experiencing and calm the tension and anxiety than anger causes.
Watch Something Funny – Usually when we feel angry, it is hard to let go and have a laugh. Laughing is one of the best remedies for anger. Put on your favorite comedian, watch your favorite TV show or look at some funny videos online and let yourself laugh it out. Laughter will help you forget about the anger and bring your heart rate down, letting you feel calmer and collected. After all, laughter is always the best medicine!