4 ways to let your anger go.
with advice from Dr. Cynthia E. Collins.
Like any other emotion, anger is normal. When something feels threatening or not within your control, your body’s fight-or-flight response kicks in to protect you, whether you feel a spark of annoyance or consuming rage. At times, anger can even be helpful or motivate you toward something positive.
Anger becomes harmful, though, if it’s chronic or you’re not expressing it in healthy ways. Having a short fuse or suppressed resentment damages your physical and mental health, says Dr. Cynthia E. Collins, MDLIVE Clinical Medical Director.
And your heart takes the brunt of your wrath. The chance of having a heart attack doubles within the hours following an angry outburst.1
It may be challenging, especially in the heat of the moment, but you can channel anger into healthy outlets. Here are 4 helpful tips from Dr. Collins to diffuse your anger:
If you tend to internalize or suppress anger, talk therapy can help you develop tools to acknowledge, express, and release your anger in healthy ways. Have an appointment with an MDLIVE therapist in as little as a week.
Venting can help at times… unless it’s “trauma dumping.”
The occasional complaint about a bad day or something irritating you is normal. The opposite of that is trauma dumping.3 Talking about traumatic or toxic events in your life to someone if they’re not prepared is dumping your trauma on that person. It doesn’t help you heal or move on, and it’s harmful to others. If that sounds familiar, learn how to stop here.
Posted date: May 23, 2022