How quickly do you feel angry?

Getting angry is a secondary emotional response to many life situations, it is how we deal with this emotion that affects us.

It is often called a secondary emotion because we tend to resort to anger in order to protect ourselves from or cover up other vulnerable feelings.

“It is not the action but the reaction that determines the outcome”.

Anger comes from various life situations and if you are going from 0-10 fairly fast on the angry scale then read on…

Are you suppressing anger?

If anger is suppressed then sooner or later we have to deal with the fall out it creates. Imagine a tightly coiled spring that just keeps getting tighter and tighter and sooner or later…

It snaps.

The constant flood of stress chemicals and associated metabolic changes that go with recurrent unmanaged anger can eventually cause harm to many different systems of the body.

Some of the short and long-term health problems that have been linked to unmanaged anger include:

  • Headaches
  • Digestion problems, such as abdominal pain
  • Insomnia
  • Increased anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Skin problems, such as eczema
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke.

Now some people respond to anger differently, overeating is one of the ways I have seen people cope with anger.

When you have life situations that do not fit your blueprint of life, I say blueprint as we all have a blueprint from our childhood of the way we expect our lives to plan out when we are adults.

When this doesn’t happen we can feel angry and out of control.

People believe that eating will take away the feeling of anger and associate food as a “fix” for all problems.

That is control because when you eat you are in control of what and how much food you consume.

When people eat they feel that sense of control and either happy emotionally or sad it is another emotional response.

Replacing it with food takes away the problem right!

NO!

So what do you do?

Firstly figure out what is the cause.

1/Hormones

2/Work

3/Spouse

4/Family life (Children and lack of sleep)

5/Grief

6/Divorce

7/House move

8/Friendship

9/Lack of social life

10/Lack of the correct nutrients

11/ Blood sugar imbalance

12/Medications

We can take care of our anger by aiming it to safer directions.

When you know what is causing your anger, for example, traffic jams among certain situations that are just part of life and unavoidable can still be helped through diet, but I mean your deep set anger issues try to take on the following ways to deal with the collateral damage that is your body, your body is the collateral damage of your emotions.

Include foods that aid calming within.

How to eat yourself calm with these 10 foods.

1/Asparagus.

Depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid, but one vegetable that boosts this mood enhancing nutrient is asparagus.

2/Avocado.

We need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells, and feelings of anxiety may be rooted in a B vitamin deficiency

3/Salmon

Omega 3 and a great anti-inflammatory food source.

4/Spinach

This powerful green leafy food contains remarkable abilities to restore energy, increase vitality and improve the quality of the blood.

5/Blueberries

They have some of the highest levels of an antioxidant known as anthocyanin, and they’ve been linked to all kinds of positive health outcomes, including sharper cognition.

6/Cashews

They are an especially good source of zinc. Low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression. Just watch the amount as they are high in calories and if you are like me once you start munching you can’t stop with these.

7/Camomile Tea.

This is probably one of the most recommended bedtime soothers around.

8/Valerian Tea

This tea is powerful and can induce a peaceful nights sleep. I have personally tried this and it is great, although smells a bit!

8/Chocolate 

Besides the healthy antioxidants in this treat, which push chocolate to the top of most heart-healthy food lists, it has an undeniable link to mood. We are talking dark chocolate with a high cocoa content though:)

9/Lavender

A 2010 multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of lavender oil compared to the anti-anxiety medication lorazepam found that both were effective against generalised and persistent anxiety. Bonus lavender has no sedative side effects.

10/lemon 

Lemon balm contains chemicals that seem to have a sedative, calming effect. It might also reduce the growth of some viruses. This may be down to the antibacterial and detoxing effects it has on the body.

 

So 10 calming foods to include in your daily lifestyle.

For an actual individual food plan just email me maria1tait@gmail.com

What other ways can you induce the calm within?

Meditation

Yes, I said it, meditation is great and is free and takes a few minutes a day. I never thought I would ever say that. I could never quiet my mind, I was always thinking of what needs to be done and what has been left unfinished.

Not now, I enjoy it so much. I still have a busy mind but I do not fight it, I go with it and listen to guided meditation. Try the one below…

 

 

Who hasn’t got a few minutes a day?

If you haven’t then you are not living you are merely surviving.

If you wish to listen to a shorter one then youtube offers many free meditations. 3 minutes upwards.

I find 20 minutes is my maximum as I then have been known to fall asleep. Start off with a few minutes of mindful breathing…

 

So why not take on some of the above advice and get your self-calm and operating from a higher self.

HAVE A GREAT MONDAY AND STAY CALM

MARIA

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