Ever feel like a character in an old cartoon?
That’s how I picture myself when something makes me angry. You know, with steam coming out of my ears. Something like a rude person in a store or a story on the news will set me off, and suddenly I can almost FEEL it leaking out.
But then I take a lesson from my preschool days. I close my eyes. Take a DEEEEEEP breath. And let it pass, so I don’t explode.
Well, it turns out I’m not just protecting my sanity at that moment. That calming breath could also be protecting my heart.
But suppose you’re more prone to letting anger take over. In that case, a new study offers a stark warning – especially if you already have a history of heart problems.
That kind of hostility could KILL you. And I mean literally.
But I get it. If letting go of anger is sometimes an issue for you, a preschooler’s solution might not be enough. So I’ve got a few more practical ways to help you LET GO of stress and PROTECT your aging ticker.
What hostility does to your heart
Stress, anger, and hostility have long been linked to heart struggles and other chronic health conditions. It’s just NOT healthy to feel that way.
But new research goes a step further. It reveals how high hostility… like those steam coming out of your ears moments I mentioned earlier… can be especially damaging to seniors with a history of heart struggles.
If you’ve had a heart attack, you know the score by now. Many people survive the first one. In fact, in some cases – ironically enough – it’s a wake-up call. And the heart attack leads to better health and a longer life because people know they might not survive a second one.
And that’s where the new study offers some sobering news. If you’re got a “hostile” or “angry” personality, you’re much more likely to die of that second heart attack.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the deadly toll anger can take revealed in a study, either. Find out the science behind the “tea solution” some experts swear helps in this free report.
Avoid an early grave with calm-restoring tricks
Now you can’t change who you are. And I wouldn’t ask you to. Besides, if I had to bet money on it, I’d guess the real issue isn’t that you’re a natural-born grump.
It’s not even the anger itself that’s the real problem. It’s all the constant NONSENSE out there that’s stressing you out and making you see red.
And now it looks like the yahoos are basically trying to kill you with their shenanigans. Don’t give them the satisfaction.
If you find it difficult to let the anger pass, there are three proven-effective techniques you can try that could help protect your heart.
Avoid those situations: It might seem obvious. But many folks don’t take this simple step. Don’t read that Facebook post by your nutty nephew… or chat with the neighbor who drives you mad… or spend too much time with cable news on. (Especially in the days before the election!) If you avoid the things that make you feel hostile, it’s easy to stay calm.
Do more of the things you love: Nothing’s more relaxing than a hobby you love, whether it’s golf, gardening, walking, painting, reading, or anything else. Time spent doing something you enjoy is time you’re NOT feeling ticked off at all the things wrong in the world.
Try calming natural therapies: We all need a little help sometimes, and natural stress-busters can hit just the right soothing spot. Ashwagandha or rhodiola supplements… or even a mug of chamomile tea… can all help restore calm, enhance your sanity, and maybe even protect your heart at the same time.
Don’t like anger and hostility send YOU to an early grave. Restore the calm and live a longer, happier, and heart-healthier life… to SPITE them.
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