Controlling Anger

There is little doubt that anger can be a problem! Most of us can control our anger most of the time, but when anger gets out of control, our problems just seem to get worse. You may not have known that anger has an impact on your physical health. Anger affects:

  • Blood pressure
  • Headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Heart disease
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Dental problems (from clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth)
  • High cholesterol
  • Weak immune system
  • Stomach and digestive system problems
  • Early death

There are other problems that occur with excessive anger too, such as problems with your relationships or at work. Anger often leads to:

  • Frequent arguments
  • Strained relationships and divorce
  • Injury to self or others
  • Domestic violence
  • Child and pet abuse
  • Work-related problems
  • Road rage and traffic tickets
  • Jail or prison time

What can you do to control your anger? Learn to be assertive rather than aggressive. Assertive people can work through their anger without becoming aggressive. Assertiveness means recognizing that you have the right to feel what you feel, but the other person has that same right.

 

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