If you tend to blow a fuse easily, think better of it--it could affect your health in tangible ways. A study by the Medical University of South Carolina showed that men with chronic anger problems may be more susceptible to hypertension and heart disease than those without. The study followed 2,334 adults across the nation for four to eight years in the 90s; in comparison to less angry men, those with anger issues and prehypertension were much more likely to develop heart problems. Strangely, the same wasn't true for women in the study, as very few of them developed heart disease.
Carrying around any negative emotions will adversely impact your health eventually. Negative emotions can be useful as long as we listen to them and then let them go. When we hold onto them, we are poisoning our bodies with emotional toxins. These studies are only confirming what holistic healers have known for thousands of years.
This really got me thinking; I wonder if it would be beneficial for schools to start adding stress management to in-classroom (as in, out of the gym--we always had some in class and most in the gym) phys-ed classes? If teaching people to manage stress and anger can save them as adults, it seems to me that a movement among teachers and parents to teach anger/stress management skills to kids is the place to start.
Perhaps adding meditation to phys-ed should be just as important as volleyball and baseball are already. Calm and focussed minds make calm and focussed children and that, in turn, makes calm and focussed adults.
So, get the word out there, parents and people who know teachers/school officials/etc.! Let's move toward a healthier mindset to go with our gravitation toward healthier bodies.
That said, we should look into helping adults manage anger as well. Anyone know of good strategies for that?
Naptime in kindergarten was so great for the ADD-addled kids. I remember when I was in elementary school, sometimes we had "resting time" after recess. Kids would basically lay their heads on the desk, and it did wonders for healing all the recess-time upsets. I agree with you, Teresa--instead of putting our kids on Ritalin and gearing them up for pressure-filled lives, I think that calm and clarity should be things we teach them to cultivate at a very young age. I know that in some schools in India, meditation is taught in schools at a very young age. I also have to say that ADD seems very culture-specific. I have traveled to plenty of countries where kids are kids, but they also don't have issues with anger and short attention spans the way I've seen in the U.S.
If I have children, I'd like to teach them the benefits of meditation--particularly Vipassana, which doesn't deny the presence of anger but helps to manage it in ways that are super constructive.
Whenever I want to let off some steam I pop in my Tae Bo tape and have at it. I've often thought a punching bag would be nice. I'm not really a violent person. It's just that when I get stressed I want to do something reallyphysical and I hate scrubbing the baseboards
I'm often stuck in an anger situation where no good physical outlet is available. I have an explosive temper and work hard at trying to conceal the flare-up in business or social situations. The problem arises later when I mentally re-hash what happened and I "eat myself up" with it. Any suggestions???