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Love it: Why angry people die younger

Readers Lounge By Nina Odongo

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Anger is a form of stress that has long-term negative impacts on health, including digestive issues, insomnia, reduced immunity and increased risk of heart problems.

There are many practical steps you can take to combat anger:

1. Counting to ten: This may seem trite but taking a few seconds can be the difference between losing control and a measured response.

2. Walk away: Where possible, walking away from an escalation is not a sign of weakness; it shows that you are prioritising calmness.

3. Diet and exercise: Not only can exercising be an outlet for anger, but endorphins released also boost your mood. Being healthy improves your self-esteem, something that angry people struggle with.

4. Creative outlet: find a way to express your anger in a healthy way through activities such as art or music. Repressing anger can be just as harmful as shouting.

 

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