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Anger - A Habit that Kills Men

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Life' s too short to live angry

Women verbalize their emotions a lot. They are not shy sharing their feelings with friends or families. It helps them handle stress well and control their anger better. Unfortunately, this is not the case with men. Men are more reserved.

Men would typically withdraw to silence when under stress. They absorb negative thoughts in solitude and suppress their emotions. This approach usually results in either anxiety or anger.

Anger ruins not just your mood. It affects your health. Anger also disorients your immune system. It is a major risk factor for heart disease and hypertension. Your lung capacity declines with age and anger hastens this process.

Your heart rate, arterial tension, and testosterone production spike up when you are angry. Cortisol increases and stimulates feelings of frustration and resentment. Physical reactions such as these propagate throughout the body.

You should learn to manage your anger. Consider the following tips to improve your anger management skills:

1. Take a timeout
Before you react to a tensed situation, breathe deeply, calm down and count to ten. Slowing down defuses your temper. If necessary, take a break from the situation or person until you have calmed down.

2. Once you' re calm, express your feelings
As soon as you have calmed down, express your feelings in an assertive manner. Say your concerns clearly and highlight your need about the situation. Talk with an objective to resolve the issue.

3. Get some exercise
Go for a run. Running releases feel-good hormones, endorphins. This will instantly calm your mind.

4. Think before you speak
Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything. Allow others involved in the situation to do the same. It is easy to say something that you would later regret when in a heated argument.

5. Identify possible solutions
Instead of dwelling on your frustrations, work on resolving the issue at hand. Remind yourself that anger will not fix anything and will only make it worse.

The next time someone pushes your button, think of the adverse health effects anger can directly inflict on you.

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