Getting angry is not a healthy way of leading a life, and those who get angry often end up having blood pressure issues and other health problems.
Humans are a combination of different emotions and feelings ever since their species stepped their foot on earth. Anger, jealousy, sadness, happiness, hate— these are all innate in human beings, and no humans are born without any of it. Some posses more of each emotion, some very less, but it is always there. Just like happy chemicals like dopamine, serotonin, anger too releases different chemicals in our brain, because of which we respond in a certain way.
Anger is a highly physiological emotion and when you are angry, you go through several changes that literally make you a different person. Intensity also matters here as your adrenalin rushes through your body causing you to feel things strongly and making you act accordingly. When the rush is too high, you go from 'normal' to 'Incredible Hulk' state, in a second. You get angry or feel the anger every time your boundaries have been crossed, or values have been risked or when you are not being allowed to be your true self. There are different ways in which your body responds when you are angry:
Every time you feel something strongly or too deeply, your heart rate increases and your blood starts pumping to your head. That is why people turn red every time they are angry. Not only that, when you are angry, your breathing style also changes and you start shallow breathing. Getting angry any day is not a healthy way of leading a life, and those who get angry very often end up having blood pressure issues and health problems. It is that emotion which is innate in humans that triggers the body's 'fight or flight' response.
Anger also triggers emotions like fear, excitement, and anxiety, as the adrenal glands flood the body with stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. It is during anger when brain shunts blood away from the gut and pushes it towards the muscles, in preparation for physical exertion. This leads to an even more serious situation by increasing the threat of a stroke. Therefore, whenever you get angry more than you should, know that your heart and mind are equally getting affected. There is a reason why people ask you to get angry a little less than your usual way of exhibiting anger because it really does affect your body.
If you easily get angry, you are constantly affecting your nerves in your brain. Anger causes a rush of hormones in the brain that includes cortisol. Getting angry occasionally is normal, however, if you get angry every single time, then you are affecting your brain majorly. Elevated cortisol kills neurons in the hippocampus, where your brain creates memories.
Because of this, the power of creating new memories gets intervened by the elevated cortisol and therefore, suppresses activity in the hippocampus. It is because of that you tend to forget things as your brain stops making new memories, and it is very stressful to put pressure in your brain to remember.
The fact that anger triggers 'fight or flight' emotions, when you are angry, you tend to sweat a lot. It is because when you are angry, your body does not want to overheat, leading to sweating. During anger, your body witnesses increase in oxygen because of which you shake or experience tension in your muscles. This can also make you feel nauseous and can give you headaches.
Anger also products in stress and fear, because of which your body is constantly preparing to fight. The ability to process complex information decreases that results in a sort of fugue state. One of the complicated things about anger is the fact that it is unhealthy to keep it inside and it is too much if you show it every time. The question is— how much anger is good?
The answer is excess of anything is bad. Anger turns into an unhealthy one when it comes out in the form of the outburst, shutting down, explosive yelling, isolation and physical behavior. If you are the type of a person who gets angry very easily then keeping it inside your heart will also affect your body. So what should you do? Seek help, and consult a therapist.
Anger takes energy, and showing anger takes away even more energy from the body. You sweat, you scream, you yell, you sulk— everything that is a follow-up reaction of anger makes your body tired and weak. If you have anger issues, most of the time you end up feeling low and tired, no matter you are having your food properly or not. If you have anger in you, you can let it out, while you work out, or indulge in vigorous running or cycling, that way your body will be tired, but for good, and you will shed out anger from yourself too.