Anger Affects Your Health

shutterstock_28415683_CroppedAll of us feel angry at some point in our lives. You may get irritated by losing out on a job promotion, become upset when your children fight or feel your blood boil when your partner makes a nasty remark. Anger is a normal emotion that plays a large role in your emotional health.

Most of us automatically associate all kinds of negative thoughts when we see the word anger. This is justified since anger can cause problems in your personal and professional relationships. Anger causes much stress on the body and may cause brain age. However, anger can also be a very positive emotion. This may surprise many of you, but it’s true. There is a big difference between healthy anger and unhealthy anger which we will discuss.

Healthy Anger
Anger can be healthy, depending on its source and the way you react to it. For example, anger can help you to accomplish difficult tasks you never imagined possible. The positive aspect of anger can also help you remain positive, passionate, energized and motivated. This emotion may incite you to expand your normal boundaries or to take more healthy risks.

Healthy anger can also help you to eliminate stress aging. It will allow you to vent your feelings more effectively. Studies show that most baby boomer women express their anger better than men. Other research studies also reveal that women normally live 10 years longer than men. You can draw your own conclusions, but it appears that a certain type of anger is very beneficial.

Unhealthy Anger
Anger also has its dark side, especially when you use it to deal with situations you don’t understand or can’t control. Anger that stems from feelings of fear, failure, incompetence, envy or rejection are almost always negative. If you feel a loss of power, you may resort to anger to try to regain control. Unhealthy anger can cause you to criticize, blame or disrespect others. Anger will accelerate the body aging. It can affect senior citizens’ health. In more extreme cases, the negative aspect of anger can also incite you to frighten, intimidate, bully or even victimize another individual. The anger you inflict on others, greatly affects your mental health aging.

How to Control Your Anger
There are several things you can do if you start to feel the unhealthy side of anger rearing its ugly head. Try to remain calm and resist the urge to become confrontational. By slowing down your reactions and thinking before you act or speak, you may be able to redirect your anger. Learning to control (not suppress) your anger will minimize its aging effects. Taking the time to openly and honestly discuss any problems as soon as they occur will also help. If you follow these steps, anger will help you aging carefully without aging supplements. Life in retirement will be more rewarding.


About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at

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