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