NEW YORK – Heated debate with someone does not just caused bad mood, it can also compromise your ability to perform everyday tasks; such as driving can be dangerous for you or others.
Here are some things you should never do when under the influence of anger.
You shouldn’t sleep on it.
Going to sleep may reinforce or “preserve” negative emotions, suggests a study in the Journal of Neuroscience, which found that sleep enhances memories, particularly emotional ones. “We are learning that sleep seems to help us process and consolidate information we acquire while we are awake.
You shouldn’t drive.
Operating a motor vehicle when you’re enraged can be dangerous. Research shows that angry drivers take more risks and have more accidents. When you’re angry, you’re primed for attack, so it’s not a good time to jump in a vehicle.
You shouldn’t vent.
Getting anger off your chest sounds like a good idea, but it may actually make matters worse. In fact, a study also showed that venting anger by hitting pillows not only increased anger at that moment but made aggressive behavior more likely in the future.
You shouldn’t eat.
Soothing your anger by reaching for food can backfire in a couple of ways. When we are angry, we often make unhealthy food choices, No one ever reaches for broccoli. We go for the high-sugar, high-fat, carbohydrate-loaded comfort foods.
You shouldn’t keep arguing.
Staying in the conversation when you have difficulty modulating your anger makes it likely you’ll say things you’ll regret.
You shouldn’t post about your conflict on Facebook.
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 write emails.
The same applies to sending an angry email — you can’t take back a heated rant after you hit the send button.
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, according to a study from the European Heart Journal. Heart attack risk increased nearly five times and stroke risk rose by three times.
You shouldn’t ruminate.
Obsessively thinking about ways the other person harmed you or was unfair to you — known as rumination — does not resolve anything, says Allen. If you find yourself on the receiving end of someone else’s anger, you may be able to calm them down by first keeping your own cool.