Catch yourself feeling angry sometimes? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. According to a USA Today report, 60% of American adults report feeling angry or irritable. Among American teens, a study from Harvard Medical School reports that two out of three adolescents have experienced “anger attacks,” involving threatening violence and the destruction of property. Almost everyone deals with anger from time to time; however, when unchecked the emotion can not only cause friction with others, but also negatively impact your physical and emotional health. While it’s common for Americans to express their anger, the destructive nature of the emotion makes it extremely important for everyone to learn how to deal with it effectively.
So, what exactly is anger? According to a PBS report, it is an emotional reaction to any perceived threat to us, those close to us or any other part of our identity. Anger is a “warning bell” which indicates to us that something is wrong. The report states that anger has three components: physical reactions such as an increased heart rate and blood pressure; cognitive or how we think about the thing that makes us angry; and behavior, which involves the way we express our anger. According to the Better Health Channel, anger triggers the body’s “fight or flight” response which leads to the short-term increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Furthermore, over time the constant release of stress-related chemicals into the blood stream can lead to other short-term health issues such as headaches and digestion problems. Unmanaged or poorly managed anger has also been linked to several long-term health issues such as depression, stroke and heart attack. In fact, WebMD reports that frequent anger significantly raises a person’s risk of heart disease.
People often ask Sadhguru for advice on dealing with their emotions. Below, we’ve shared a video excerpt from a live program, where Sadhguru addresses anger:
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