I know anger can’t be eliminated from life, even though many of us would choose that. All of us feel frustration and irritation with the stuff of our lives. We get upset with slow traffic, actions of others, and other difficult circumstances. After reading information about this online I learned that anger is a normal emotion, but too much of it can be be harmful.
Apparently, it releases adrenaline, enabling the body to fight or flee in dangerous situations. Frequent feelings of anger cause the body to stay hyper-alert, stressing the heart. Breathing becomes fast, blood pressure spikes, muscles contract, and the heart beats faster. All of this makes the heart work hard and strains it.
Other life habits can also be hard on the heart, such as poor eating, sleeping, and drinking habits, and lack of exercise. We don’t need to add repeated bouts of anger to that list.
Now that I am more aware of how habitual anger can hurt my heart, I am doing something about it. I can’t totally prevent angry feelings, but I can pause before I react with anger. I can walk away or just remain detached. It works. Recently, I observed another person’s agitation and I decided to not join in—I remained observant and calm instead. It was wonderful! I want to continue doing that in situations when I typically feel angry so my heart can feel more grateful and healthy. Please tell me what you know about anger and your heart.