Is anger making your life toxic?
There are moments in all of our lives when anger has taken us over.
Have you ever noticed how you physically feel when you are angry? Is it a good feeling?
For me, for my own physical and mental health I try to let go of anger, not to carry it with me. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than I would like but I always try and remember this is hurting me more than the people it is directed at. When I say hurting me I mean in a physical way.
Anger causes toxicity in your body. Ever heard the phrase "that person is toxic!"? It's usually directed at someone who is angry at the world.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine anger is the emotion linked to the liver. The liver the main organ in our body that deals with detoxification.
Physiologically when angry you get an adrenaline rush, think of the hulk, don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry! He becomes superhuman in strength and destroys everything in his path. If anger is held for a long period it will push you to adrenal stress. Long term the effect this has on your body is anything from:
Anger depletes your energy, physically and emotionally. Look at how your enthusiasm for the good things in life wane when you are angry.
Anger consumes. You cannot move forward to the amazing things in life when you are in a state of anger.
So try this simple exercise:
If you are angry, stop, breathe, calm your mind(count to 10).
Then ask yourself what is your goal? What do you want to achieve? Where do you want to be?
Next ask yourself is being angry getting you the things you want in life or is it stopping you from getting them.
Now write down the things you are angry with on a piece of paper. Read them to yourself and visualise yourself letting them go, releasing them and how you feel once they are gone. Now burn the piece of paper(in a safe environment) and let it go.
Remember that anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. It's only hurting you and often the person you are angry with doesn't even feel the effect.
Have a wonderful day and remember to do something today that will make someone else smile 😃
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Carina Kennedy was formerly a Nurse, now a Nutritional Therapist and Herbalist living in the west of Ireland. Her passion is food, health and teaching clients to gain control of their life with simple techniques.