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ANGER can be a real problem and a block in your life to be happier and healthier.

 

A lot of things can trigger anger, a bad driver, traffic or social media posts. But anger can be controlled and it’s up to you to choose whether you want it to be controlled. Keep in mind, anger can bring on a bunch of health issues.

According to betterhealth.com unmanaged anger can cause short and long-term effects such as headaches, digestion problems, such as abdominal pain, insomnia, increased anxiety, and depression.

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Releasing your anger in a healthy way is the way to go and with these tips from mayoclinic.org you are a step closer to a happy and healthier life:

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Think before you speak: In the heat of the moment it’s easy to say things you don’t mean. Stop yourself before it’s too late and think about what you’re about to say.

Once you’re calm, express your anger: Once you are calm, express your frustration in an assertive but nonconfrontational way. State your concerns and needs clearly and directly, without hurting others or trying to control them.

Get some exercise: Physical activity can help reduce stress that can cause you to become angry.

Don’t hold a grudge: Forgiveness is a powerful tool. If you allow anger and other negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice.

Read more tips on anger management on mayoclinic.org

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