When I’m pissed off, I tend to hold it in. Could that af­fect my health down the road?


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Not just down the road. Right now! Anger jacks up the sym­pa­thetic ner­vous sys­tem: blood pres­sure rises, breath­ing gets shal­low and adrenal glands re­lease nor­ep­i­neph­rine, the “fight” hor­mone. Cave to po­lite so­ci­ety by squelch­ing those feel­ings and your adrenals squirt out cor­ti­sol, which can add toxic belly fat, clog ar­ter­ies and in­crease blood sugar. So­lu­tion? Fess up to be­ing pissed. Write down re­but­tals you wish you’d given and then tear up the pa­per. Then work up a sweat, take a steam and fin­ish with a cool shower. Feel bet­ter?


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