Dealing with stress and its dangers

Just as stress and anxiety can cause a hormonal imbalance, so too can hormonal imbalances cause stress. An excess of a thyroid hormone can trigger panic attacks. Stress can also trigger excessive cortisol production which leads to further anxiety symptoms. Other natural causes such as menstruation, adrenaline release and pregnancy can also cause stress and anxiety.

Many factors go into the stressors that people face on a daily basis, including health, diet, biology and how one deals with stress. Sometimes these emotions can spark change and solutions. On the other hand, they can also lead to frustration and anger. Respectively, when stress and anger are not dealt with, the events or situations that trigger these emotions continue to repeat and be reinforced.

If stressful thoughts, emotions and feelings are not dealt with and properly adhered to, they soon turn into resentment, fear and anger. Living a life in continual fear or anger definitely has consequences which can manifest themselves in various health complications. Dr. Elizabeth Mostofsky from the Harvard School of Public Health, found in a 2014 study that people who are prone to becoming angry have greater risk of having a heart attack. In this study, it was discovered that about two hours after an angry outburst, “risk of a heart attack increased nearly fivefold and risk of stroke increased more than threefold.”

Learning to channel stress and anger

It is very important to keep an open mind about learning techniques that help with channeling anger. These exercises can be used for constructive purposes that will work towards one’s benefit. In the heat of the moment, thinking about the most constructive way to control angry impulses isn’t the easiest thing to do. When a situation arises in which there are intense feelings of frustration, the best way to keep a level head is non-action. Sitting quietly, not speaking and staying calm will keep a person from turning their anger into a larger problem. Usually, most situations don’t have to be handled right away. Typically, the question, statement or event that caused the anger can either be ignored or temporarily disregarded.

There are a few ways that an individual can keep calm in the event of becoming angry at a person, place or thing. Some might have other mental health issues going on, and if that is the case, it’s very important that they are getting the proper treatment and medications. Going to stress workshops and/or weekly anger management classes can be extremely helpful for the person with anger management issues. Anger management therapy will help a person learn different techniques to cope with their stress and anger.

Dealing with stress appropriately will help a person eventually cope with outbursts of anger or frustration. Stress is a very normal factor in the lives of all human beings and can be used as a motivator as opposed to an inhibitor. When one is feeling stress or frustration, writing down the associated feelings and thoughts can be extremely beneficial and helpful to deal with the root cause of the emotions of stress or anger. Getting plenty of rest and eating well will also insure that one’s diet isn’t contributing to the stress or frustration they might be experiencing. It’s also very important to be open minded to talking to a therapist, life coach or loved one about any feelings of intense stress or frustration, so that these emotions don’t turn into anger or rage and are instead channeled appropriately.

Upcoming Stress Workshops:

2015 Stress Symposium
American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.
April 17, 18, 2015, 8 a.m.
This symposium will cover stress-driven hormone imbalances, thyroid dysfunction, metabolic disorders and autoimmune conditions.

Mindfulness Based Stress Management Workshop
University of Massachusetts, Boston
March 9, 2015, 11 a.m.
Practice strategies to manage your stress and focus on what truly matters to you.

Taking in the Good
Greater Good Science Center in Berkeley, CA
March 14th, 2015, 9 a.m.

Learn how to use mindfulness to accept and recognize positive experiences while finding inner peace.

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