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7 Ways Getting Angry Can Hurt Your Health, You Won’t Believe No 5

Emotions are either expressed or suppressed. But there are times when expressing emotion is a better solution to a problem than suppressing it. One of the emotions we live with is anger. It is a necessary emotion to an extent but could be destructive to those who possess it if they don’t manage it well. When you develop a pattern of frequently getting angry in without the ability to manage it, this could be unhealthy. Read this interesting piece by Helen Olson, published in and discover how anger destroys your health.

7 Ways Getting Angry Can Hurt Your Health

Anger is a destructive emotion to those who possess it. Anger is a necessary emotion to some degree, and we all have to feel it and process it in order to come out on top of it. But where it becomes mentally unhealthy is when a person develops a pattern of frequent anger in situations that do not warrant it.

They say that to stay healthy, it’s important to express, not repress, and anger is certainly an emotion that should be expressed, albeit in ways that are not hurtful to family, friends, and loved ones. However, medical research confirms that anger in excess, whether it is expressed or suppressed, can lead to significant health issues. Learning how to cope with anger is crucial for your physical well-being. With that in mind, let’s take a look at seven ways getting angry can hurt your health.

  1. Heart Disease

Frequent and explosive outbursts of anger produce an inordinate amount of cortisol and adrenaline in the body, which result in unhealthy strain and stress on the heart and cardiovascular system. Anger also creates high blood pressure, generating higher amounts of glucose in the blood and fat globules in the blood vessels, which causes damage to artery walls.

  1. Gastrointestinal issues
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It’s no accident that people with anger management issues often suffer from stomach ailments. Moments of extreme anger can shut down the release of chemicals needed for healthy digestion and prevent the body from eliminating waste. Intense anger also releases stomach acids that can irritate existing ulcers and lead to diarrhea, constipation, and intestinal cramping.

  1. Sore muscles

When you’re angry, your muscles contract and sometimes tighten to a point where you experience physical pain. Deep breathing from your diaphragm when you experience feelings of anger will help to get much needed oxygen to your muscles and prevent soreness and spasms. Massage therapy and acupuncture are two more drug-free options that can help relive tight, constricted muscles.

4, Headaches

Depending on the individual, anger can provoke a variety of physiological reactions, which in turn can create physical ailments, including headaches and migraines. Repressed anger will cause your brain to become like a pressure cooker and signal, in the form of headaches, heart palpitations, and tingling in the hands and feet, that an emotional release is desperately needed. Clenched jaws, changes in hormones, and dehydration are some other potentially harmful physical responses the body has to anger.

  1. Weight Gain

Being angry causes weight gain? Believe it or not, it’s true. Our friend the chemical cortisol, which is released by your body when you’re especially angry, creates fat deposits in the abdomen. There is also evidence of a connection between internalized anger and eating disorders, especially in teenagers.

  1. Stroke

Can anger management reduce your risk of having a stroke? We know anger releases adrenalin which in turn affects the way your blood clots. This is helpful if you find yourself battling a grizzly bear, less so if you suffer from high blood pressure or are overweight. A thrombotic stroke is triggered when a blood clot forms in an artery that supplies blood to your brain. Learning to control your anger, and thus the lower the amount of adrenaline your body is producing, can help reduce the likelihood of a stroke from occurring.

  1. Relationship Problems
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You think this is all about you? When you lose control of your anger, consider the impact your behavior is having on those around you, including your coworkers, family members, and loved ones. Recurring episodes of anger can instill unhealthy emotions, including fear, anxiety, and, yes, anger in the very people we respect and love. Take steps to manage your anger so that the people you care about won’t have to suffer its physical consequences.


The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.


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  1. Amene chidera doris

    Lol, nice one though

  2. This shows we create issues for ourselves in d heat of anger and are ignorant of it

  3. This is a great article for everyone who sees anger as part of their life.

  4. Nwangene blessing George

    We all need to stop getting angry at any little thing and be happy always

  5. I believe happiness reduce anger


  6. Lazarus kelvin chidiebube

    Inukwa m ,so someone can not vex again …
    Issorite…, I won’t get angry again ooo.139

  7. Ezenwajiugo Somto Prosper

    wonderful!!!…. being happy always automatically make you loose weight

  8. very nice

  9. Chidozie Chiazokam Jennifer

    for those that can’t control their anger you better start learning to avoid had I known.86

  10. Nwankwo chinaza Blessing

    I really need to again some weight,angry mood activated 085

  11. Chukwurah chunwike christopher

    This is Great bh pipo keep annoying me

  12. Music helps me to shut up those that would purposely get me angry 099

  13. Nwoye chisom precious,( Reg no- 074) - 200 level

    yes, anger is very bad…Always be happy

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