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What happens to your body when you feel angry?

By Kathy Garber

When you experience anger your body goes into a fight or flight response. Chemicals are released into your bloodstream to prime you up for the fight or help you flee the situation. These powerful chemicals cause your body to undergo extreme changes.

  • Breathing begins to increases and blood is detoured away from the internal organs you don’t use in a fight and shunts it to your muscles for strength.
  • Your pupils dilate causing your vision to sharpen and your awareness intensifies.
  • Your rational mind is disengaged and your thoughts become distorted.
  • You are now in your anger attack mode and ready to fight.
  • The fight or flight reaction gears you up for battle, however most times there really is no battle to fight.

When you face real dangers in the world, this fight or flight response is invaluable to your survival, but when you are in a constant state of fight or flight day after day your health can begin to suffer. The powerful chemicals accumulate and make your body pay a price for being in a constant high energy state.

  • People with chronic anger are more likely to have suppressed immune systems.
  • Chronic anger can cause gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and ulcers.
  • Chronic anger can lead to heart attacks and strokes.
  • Chronic anger affects your blood pressure.

If you decide that you are tired of being in a high energy state without a cause, join and learn new ways to calm yourself before your health begins to suffer.

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