Sa'iyda Shabazz
February 18, 2017 2:07 pm
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“You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry” isn’t just a phrase that the television version of the Incredible Hulk used to mutter before he changed. It’s actually true. Just like every other emotion, anger has a direct effect on your body as you experience it. Unlike something like sadness or nerves, we are more inclined to experience anger several times during an average day. Anger has such a negative affect on your body, you should try to avoid it if for no other reason than to keep yourself from feeling seriously upset. Seems like a vicious cycle doesn’t it? It is, especially if you think about just exactly what anger does to your body.

1 Your brain gets angry first

The first thing triggered is the amygdala, the part of your brain that controls the “fight or flight” instinct.

2 Your judgement gets questionable

Also in the frontal lobe is where the ability to make decisions lie. When you get angry, the frontal cortex gets bombarded by blood, clouding rational judgement.

3 You turn into the Hulk

Next, adrenaline kicks in and makes your body able to defend itself. Your muscles start twitching, your blood pressure and heart rate rise and your pupils dilate. You could probably lift a car.

4 Your volume goes up

The adrenaline pumping through your body gives you extra energy which makes you begin to talk louder and faster which only works to make you more hyped up.

5 You’re body shuts down

The adrenaline and cortisol coursing through your veins is being redirected from where it is supposed to go. The blood is supposed to be going to your stomach and intestine’s basically trolls the rest of your body and says “screm it I’ll do what I want!” The cortisol spreads to your cardiovascular system, your immune system and your respiratory system, leaving you beginning for mercy.

It’s not easy to get over being angry, but now that you know what you’re putting your body through, isn’t it worth trying?

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