Stress and Anger with Hypertension
Stress and Anger are usually looked at as two different problems. Sometimes they are. But frequently stress and anger are locked together. On the whole I work with people for stress and anger – I find most people who are stressed are angry and those who feel angry are often stressed.
Most of us have an idea what it feels like to be ‘stressed out’. This is usually a temporary state and we soon find time and space to ‘chill out’ and reduce the stress. We know by the natural biofeedback mechanism of our mind/body that this type of stress is harmful to us. The problem is that we need a certain amount of ‘good’ stress in our lives or we would find it unacceptable which is a cause of ‘bad’ stress. Good stress includes; the physical and mental exercise required for a normal healthy mind and body, sex, elation, competition, and many others.
When we are tired, frightened, tense, anxious, angry, depressed we are under ‘bad’ stress. Few aspects of life are stress free – and contrary to the idea that a stressed life style is a modern phenomena – it has always been an intrinsic part of human experience.
External – the physical environment, social interaction, major life events, daily hassles and social/organisational constraints.
Internal – lifestyle choices, negative self-talk, mind-traps, (unrealistic goals/expectations of yourself), personality traits.
Plus many others.
What is Anger?
We all know what anger is, we’ve all felt it, whether as fleeting annoyance or as fully fledged rage. Anger has no bounds when it comes to gender – both men and women suffer from its fallout. Anger is a completely normal and should be a healthy human emotion. However, when it gets out of control and becomes destructive, it usually leads to problems – at work, in your personal relationships and in the overall quality of your life. Anger can make you feel as though you’re at the mercy of an unpredictable and powerful emotion.
We all experience stress and anger but for some people it is a way of life – a destructive way of life.
On the following pages there is much more information on stress and anger and the treatments available.