Take a moment to consider the last time you got angry. What was it over? How did you react? Did you yell, cry, hit something (or someone), keep it to yourself, find an outlet such as drinking or drugs, distract yourself by listening to music or playing a video game, etc.? According to BBC News, Americans are extremely angry today based on a number of factors: the economy, immigration concerns, safety, finances, government concerns, the overall status of America, and the political divide tand hat has occurred over several issues. No matter where you stand, can all of this anger be physically good for you?

Each culture expresses anger differently, but Americans have been shown to overdo it, especially by exerting their anger in the wrong way and not finding resolve with issues they’re more pressed about. Previous studies have shown that unmanaged anger can cause a variety of issues, such as:

  • headaches
  • insomnia
  • increased anxiety
  • depression
  • skin problems like eczema
  • and more.

However, the problems only get worse, as a recent study shows that anger increases Americans’ biological health risk.

A 2016 study conducted by researchers from all over the United States and from Tokyo sought to explore this phenomenon by surveying and phone interviewing 4,244 adults from either Japan or the United States. From this, researchers were hoping to see any significant differences between the type of anger experienced between people from each culture and how this anger expression has affected their health. Participants were asked questions regarding the behavioral patterns of their anger and the type of anger they’d experienced (trait anger, anger suppression, or anger control). One thousand and twenty-seven participants were available to go to a research center and get analyzed for inflammation and cardiovascular malfunction.

Results from the study indicated that while those in Japan experienced reduced biological health risk by expressing anger, Americans experienced higher health risk from doing it. Additionally, experience of negative emotions was shown to increase health risk for Americans, but no association was shown for those from Japan. So, what should you do with all of that anger?

Anger can produce:

  • inflammatory effects
  • spike blood pressure
  • impact your cholesterol levels.

Anger is a natural emotion to feel – but it’s important to experience it in the best way for your health. Mindfulness and meditation are excellent holistic practices that can help you to take the reins on your anger and control it to serve purpose; mental illness can further exacerbate feelings of anger, making it all the more important to seek treatment. Speak with someone from a reputable treatment center today to learn more about how you can improve and maintain your mental health through holistic therapies.

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