Anger is a very strong emotion and unfortunately it can be a very destructive one. Although getting angry is a fact of life, it’s when it turns to rage is where the real problems happen. When people lose control and get into a rage they not only damage themselves but other people as well.
So what happens to our bodies when we get annoyed and frustrated? Why do we lose control? When we perceive fear, our body moves into a ‘fight or flight mode’ Even if we really are not in danger our body still reacts. All of a sudden our body is ready for ACTION! During this stage we don’t stop to think what is happening our bodies, we are too wound up with the event that is happening around us. The main physiological change that happens is the change in our breathing. Practicing and learning healthy breathing techniques will be of great benefit to the individual at this time.
When we are uptight we have a tendency to shallow breathe and to breath irregularly. Unfortunately when this happens oxygen finds it difficult to get into our blood system. It is important when we breath that enough oxygen is inhaled in order to purify our blood from toxic and poisonous waste. If we do not get enough oxygen it can cause us to feel tired and anxious. The best way of doing this is to practice breathing techniques.
Some people try these exercises and after a minute or so think it’s not working and give up. You need to set aside at least 15 minutes at a time to get any benefit from it.
- Sit on a chair with you hands on your lap.
- Inhale slowly through your nose on a slow count of three
- Push stomach out as you breathe in.
- Breathe out through your mouth on a count of six
- As you breath out, drop you shoulders.
Repeat three or four times. You will soon begin to feel your body becoming more rested and relaxed. This technique will help to reduce muscle tension and manage the effects of the ‘fight or flight’ mode. By doing this exercise regularly, it will soon become a habit and will help to deal with life’s daily challenges.
Although these breathing techniques can be very helpful to reduce stress, it must be stated that it is important to go and see a qualified health professional if symptoms persist.
LINDA MARGARET COWAN