By Damilola Faustino
When you get into a serious argument, it doesn’t just put you in a bad mood, it can also compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks. Here are things you should never do when you are under the influence of anger.
You shouldn’t drive
Operating a motor vehicle when you’re enraged can be dangerous. Anger gives a person tunnel vision—you stare straight ahead and may not see a pedestrian or another car coming.
Don’t keep arguing
Staying in the conversation when you have difficulty controlling your anger makes it likely you will say things you will later regret. Take a time out to actively calm the mind and the body so that you express yourself in a more mindful, intentional manner.
You shouldn’t post about your conflict on Facebook
We are in the age of social media and we are likely to fall for this. So, when you’re angry, broadcasting your feelings to your friends and family on Facebook and other social networks will more than likely come back to haunt you.
You shouldn’t drink alcohol
Reaching for alcohol to calm yourself down after an angry encounter often does the opposite. It makes it more likely you will act out your anger because it removes impulse control.
You shouldn’t sleep on it
Never go to bed angry. Going to sleep may preserve negative emotions. So going to bed after an argument will likely cause that experience to be consolidated more effectively than if you went on to remain awake for that same eight-hour period. If you can, try to resolve it so that you can sleep peacefully.
You shouldn’t ignore your blood pressure
The risk of a heart attack and stroke increases in the two hours following angry outbursts, especially among former heart attack patients. If you’re prone to high blood pressure, one of the smartest things to do when angry is to check it.
You shouldn’t eat
Soothing your anger by reaching for food can backfire in a couple of ways. When you are angry, you susceptible to making unhealthy food choices. You may go for the high-sugar, high-fat, carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods. This may result in diarrhoea or constipation.
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