I can fly off the handle in nothing flat. It is a trait I’m not proud of and has caused more than enough complications for me. I have over the last few years really struggled to control this issue as I’ve found it leads to long term and often irreparable damage to my family, friends and back in the day even work relationships.
When I was growing up my home life was far from copasetic. My parents relationship was hugely volatile and violent. My sister and I had the same type of brutally aggressive and belligerent co-existence with one another. I learned at a young age to hold in anger. I would and still do to an extent push my anger down and hold onto it. Allowing things to fester and grow into something far worse than the original perceived issue was.
When I do explode it is worse than a Hurricane and no one is safe from the destruction. I can hold a grudge or stay angry with someone for years. So when I came across this article from Everyday Health it got my attention. It is titled “7 Ways Anger Is Ruining Your Health”
This article opened my eyes in a way I hadn’t reached before. The primary point for me was that for people like myself, we are at a higher risk for health complications. I have thought a lot about this over the past few days. As you know I am battling a few challenges (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Type 2 Diabetes being the big ‘3’) most of which are auto-immune diseases. The question I’ve been asking after reading this article is “Have I been making myself sick my whole life as a result of my anger proneness?”
Here are the ways anger can affect a person as listed by Debbie Strong, author of the Everyday Health article.
- An angry outburst puts your heart at great risk.
- Anger ups your stroke risk
- It weakens your immune system
- Anger problems can worsen anxiety
- Anger is linked to depression
- Hostility can hurt your lungs
- Anger can shorten your life.
I encourage all of you to read the article for detailed explanations of the effects of each point listed
Can any of you relate? Tell me in the comments.
‘Til next time I hope each of you are having a great day and I hope that your tomorrow is even better.