Get A Grip On Negative Emotions
1. Don’t suppress your rage
It’s crucial to recognise that anger is a perfectly normal human emotion, and suppressing your rage can have far-reaching negative health impacts including anxiety, depression and physical damage to your heart, according to the British Journal Of Health Psychology. That said, moderation is essential because blowing your fuse every five minutes has similar negative health implications for you and those around you, research from the University of Helsinki shows.
2. Find yourself some space
When you feel your blood start to boil, get away from the source of the stress for just five minutes of meditation. That’s all it takes to regain your perspective and a sense of calm, according to a Sydney University study.
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If you can’t slope off then try progressive relaxation, which is when you tense and then relax each muscle group in turn, and can quickly return you to calmness, according to a study conducted by Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
3. Music brings instant calm
Need an instant fix to quell the tide of tension? Play your favourite song. Listening to music eases both mental and physical pain and anguish, according to the University of Michigan. Alternatively, chew some gum: doing so can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, according to Melbourne University.
Eating mango has the same effect thanks to a compound called linalool, according to the Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry.