Why Anger Is Bad For You: Part 2

Dr, Donna Restivo

Posted on April 24 2019

It’s fairly normal to get angry every now and then, however; it’s particularly dangerous to make anger a regular emotion in our daily lives. Here are a few more reasons why it’s critical that we get our anger under control…

 

Headaches. Oftentimes, anger is initiated when we feel like our boundaries have been overstepped and our safety has been tampered with. As soon as anger is triggered, the muscles in our entire body, including the neck and scalp, start to constrict, causing a tight band of pain across the forehead. These rage headaches can worsen over time if left uncared for, which is why it’s important to gain control of your anger. 

Digestion problems. Most likely, you’ve felt the onset of a stomach ache when a stressful situation arose, which is why the term “gut reaction” is a scientifically proven phenomenon. Believe it or not, the stomach is filled with a more intricate nerve center than the spinal cord and has been known as the “mini brain” of the body. Because the majority of serotonin is found in the intestines, rather than the brain, we get butterflies and upset when we are responding to a variety of different emotions. The entire system that runs our digestion, reacts to our changing moods, which is why researchers have related anger to irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, and indigestion. 

Breathing complications. Surely you have felt your breath pick up speed when you are angry about something. Our body’s way of getting prepped for battle is to work harder by pumping extra oxygen and blood to the heart and muscles, thus causing bronchodilation and aggravating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), adding wear and tear on the lungs. 

Skin issues. When we are faced with anger and fear, our bodies undergo biochemical and hormonal changes, which can wreak havoc on our skin. Inflammation caused by hormones is the main source of eczema, rosacea, and acne. Our immune systems are under attack when we are angry, and there is a decrease in Immunoglobulin A level, leaving our bodies vulnerable to skin eruptions. Even describing an angry situation can alter your hormone levels, leading to a breakout. 

Insomia. A lack of sleep isn’t just due to the mind turning thoughts over repeatedly throughout the night. It can also be the result of a biochemical stress response, that serves as a “wake-up call,” promoting action in your heart, muscles, hormones, and breath. It may take a while for your body to recover from the flood of stimulants, making you feel like a good night’s sleep is impossible. 


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