Your temper could be killing you!

According to Web MD, blowing your top blows your chances of living a long and healthy life. In fact, one study showed that people who are prone to getting angry are 3 times more likely to have a heart attack than people who are laid back. Why? Well, getting angry raises stress hormone levels and sends your blood pressure through the roof. And although these changes were an advantage in the good old days - when things that made us angry were often dangerous - they don’t do anything to help you cope with the guy who just cut you off in traffic. And it doesn’t matter whether you flare up or steam in silence. Once you’re mad, the damage is done. So what's the fix? Avoid getting angry by planning ahead. You’re less likely to lose your cool in a traffic jam if you’ve allowed plenty of time for the drive. And if you DO lose your temper, here’s how to get it under control before you hurt your health: First: Take deep breaths. It’s simple but effective because it lowers your blood pressure and stress response. Tip #2: Call timeout. If you can, get away from whatever’s lit your fuse and your anger will go away too. And one last tip for getting rid of anger before it can damage your body: Stretch. Exercise is a great stress reliever and long, slow stretches have an extra calming effect on the body.

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