Among all the human emotions that we can be driven by, anger is among the most powerful. Anger drives us to new levels of thoughtlessness, and can make us act – and react – in a manner of ways. While anger is a natural by-product of events, it’s often something that we wish to avoid. We can become angry through anything from feeling tired to being criticised. From things not going right on a job to protecting yourself from confrontation, anger has many natural reasons to occur. It might even be the actions, thoughts or terminology of someone else that sets us off.
Anger is unpredictable, and thus can be hard to grasp and fully understand. It pushes us to act in really unreasonable manners, and often creates situations that we would much rather have avoided. No matter the cause or reason for anger, though, it’s safe to say that anger – and anger generated by your anger – leads to a lack of communication and thus a lack of solutions provided.
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Anger as expression
So, anger is a form of emotional state that comes on, and delivers major physical and emotional change. You’ll find that your heart rate vastly picks up, that your blood pressure spikes and that your adrenaline kicks into action. Anger, then, has a naturally negative effect on the body that can force a deeply negative impact onto your long-term health.
Anger is an energy, in a way, but it’s one that we cannot run on for long due to the immense physical and mental exhaustion. Knowing if someone is angry is easy; their body language, their facial reactions and their general demeanour should go a long way to proving that. They tend to hold a more threatening, aggressive tone and also usually try to intimidate their aggressor. However, it’s unlikely that even an angry person will strike out physically without clear warning signs first. The common causes of anger can be quite diverse and thus hard to define. We tend to look at the most common triggers of anger as:
- People going through a hard time in the workplace or in their personal lives i.e. grief or loss of job.
- Sustained poor service or treatment from other people in their life; rudeness, insults and dismissive attitudes from others.
- Tiredness and a lack of physical capacity to handle a negative, unexpected and/or stressful situation.
- Financial situations such as loss of employment, business or building debt.
- Sexual frustration and an inability to accurately communicate with people they hold a desire or interest in.
- Feelings of failure, inadequacy and general disappointment.
- Alcohol or other substance abuse, or substance withdrawal symptoms clouding judgement.
- Crime or a sense of burning injustice whereby nobody seems to wish help them find justice.
Naturally, it’s important to act during these particular moments and triggers.
Dealing with anger
Given the uniquely dangerous actions that anger can cause us to perform, it’s important to state that anger is a natural problem that can have a serious effect on your health. Thanks to that constant release of higher blood pressure, temperature and heart rate, we’ll take our body to a whole new level of anger.
This creates a ‘fight or flight’ reaction that causes us to either stand our ground or look to desperately escape the situation. People who cannot maintain a handle on or manage their anger will often find that it causes them to fall ill.
From a higher chance of cardiac arrest to a damaged immune system or problems sleeping, you can find that anger brings on many health issues. Anger can also lead to psychological issues such as substance dependency, reduced self-belief, self-harm and many other problems.
Anger is a major problem, and one that you should never just put up with. If you find yourself constantly veering towards being angry over something, then you should look to find help. Counselling can help you to make sense of the issues forcing you to act out and to turn to violence, helping you to find mental solace and escape from the feelings that you need to deal with on a daily basis.
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