In his song of the same name, Zack de la Rocha says, “Anger is a gift,” just before spitting the words “freedom, yeah right freedom.” Because of its impact, this sentence and the rest of Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut remain memorable even more than 20 years later. More is communicated by the manner in which de la Rocha speaks than by the actual content of the sentences.
But a present? Your stomach begins to grow angry as a result of a combination of anxiety and frustration. For various reasons, we get upset with our bosses, our kids, and even ourselves. The following information on anger may astound as well as impress you, but all things considered, anger’s gift is one that can harm the body or soul of the angry host, so understanding and managing anger are essential to utilize it effectively.
1. Anger is not inherently bad.
Even though it makes your stomach turn, rage is not a bad emotion in and of itself. Children, women, and men all react to rage in different ways. Adults get furious when they feel out of control, as opposed to children, who typically feel anger as a result of frustration at not getting what they want when they want it. Even though anger itself isn’t unpleasant or even dangerous, it should always be taken into account. Understanding why an emotion is felt is the first step to taking advantage of it.
2. Anger is an emotion with physiological effects.
All of us are familiar with the sensation of a racing heart, perspiring hands, and a burning stomach when our muscles tens up and we experience fury. We decide how to best handle our anger while the “fight or flight” response is activated. An article in Psychology Today asserts that expressing your anger is always healthy for you. When rage spirals out of control, it worsens your situation. Watch out for the cycle that might cause severe damage to your nervous system.
3. One benefit of anger is motivation.
We also feel driven when we experience the feeling that riles us up. It can be challenging to know how to respond at first, but over time, the emotion of rage can inspire us to develop a novel solution to a problem. While we can all relate to feeling furious when something unfair or painful happens (such as when a lover betrays us or a manager elevates another employee), we often fail to recognize that stress and taking on too much can also lead to angry outbursts. Sometimes the body and mind communicate with one another to alert us to the need to take breaks from work or find extra downtime. One of the best benefits of anger is that it encourages us to live life more fully and lessen our stress.
4. Humor can diffuse anger.
Being aware of how hectic life is is just the beginning. In actuality, coming to this knowledge is like tying your shoes rather than even taking your first step. Understanding that anger is an emotion that men and women experience differently and that anger need not control us is the first step. Simply laughing at your anger can make it go away.
One person can laugh their way out of a heated disagreement. If your coworkers can’t agree on a project, trying to alleviate the issue using office pranks can help everyone stay focused. However, I wouldn’t advise a stand-up comedy show to diffuse a risky hostage scenario.
5. Uncontrolled anger and angry outbursts are linked to stroke and heart attack.
If your rage just won’t go away for too long, it will either make you physically unwell or put you in jail depending on how out of control it gets. According to a CNN story, having furious outbursts increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. You are more likely to experience cardiovascular problems if you smoke, eat poorly, or don’t exercise, which can compound the effects of rage.
6. People are not always the triggers of anger.
We feel angry when our environment makes us feel stressed or frustrated, just as we feel angry when other people make us feel stressed or frustrated. Unless they are the motorists causing road rage on congested roadways, people are not necessarily the cause. Anger is sometimes brought on by noise pollution, such as what someone who lives near construction would hear.
If you often find yourself getting irritated without knowing why, pay attention to your surroundings to see whether you have enough peace and quiet. In the professional environment, rushing around after children or rushing from meeting to meeting might make you stressed out and irritated. You are not furious with anyone at this point; rather, your environment is making you angry.
7. A plan for relaxation can combat anger.
Plan to unwind frequently if you want to capitalize on your fury. Planning time to unwind by bringing the kids to the park or watching a show with a friend might help you manage anger in addition to eating healthily and exercising. We make every effort to plan for our jobs, our families, and our futures, yet when we neglect to plan for relaxation, anger results.
8. When you feel the anger emotion, something needs examination.
Once more, being angry is not a negative thing. Anger’s motivational ability can encourage people to use their pent-up aggression in the gym. When that rage first arises, we must evaluate it and determine where it came from. What does the feeling signify? Do we have mistrust towards our partners? Does our body need to let stress and anxiety out?
We can only determine the appropriate course of action by exploring the underlying causes and significance of rage. Sometimes, yelling into a pillow, beating a cardboard cutout of a boss, or composing a scathing letter we don’t mean to mail can help us vent the rage in a healthy way, but we won’t know until we understand why we feel the rage.
9. Aggression is anger in action.
The distinction between anger as an emotion and anger in action is whether you choose to take a deep breath or vocally attack a partner who is cheating. When we act out of anger, we are being aggressive, and this can land us in jail. Men frequently believe that expressing rage in front of others or at work indicates frailty. When this happens, repressing anger might lead to outbursts at home. Accept your anger when it arises and work to identify its cause.
If you need to physically express your anger, consider taking boxing or mixed martial arts courses to rein in your natural tendency toward aggression.
10. Anger teaches us about our ability to cope
Everybody gets angry occasionally, and even when we experience frustration and irritability frequently, our feelings might not be abnormal. Because we can quickly and objectively examine ourselves and provide answers to some issues, anger educates us about our capacity to deal. Am I mad at you? We become angry when we feel rushed or under pressure. Planning and being more structured in this case are necessary to address the underlying issue.
When we become aware that we are struggling to control our anger, we may need to take a closer look at how our lives are set up.