Breaking Free from the Anger Stigma
In today's discussion, we're diving into a topic often frowned upon – anger. Society advises us to keep it under wraps, but what if suppressing anger turns out to have toxic effects on our well-being? Let me take you back to a moment at book club when I dared to suggest that anger, when expressed healthily, could lead to positive change. The unexpected reaction I received left me wondering: Is anger an evil emotion that should be kept concealed, or could suppressing it be harmful?

The Hidden Dangers of Suppressing Anger
My research led me to the conclusion that suppressing anger isn't only about keeping a lid on things; it's like sweeping dust under the rug. While it might seem neat on the surface, over time, it accumulates into a huge gross mess. Eventually, that mess will begin spilling out in an ugly way.

Repressed anger is linked to an increased risk of depression and anxiety and can have profound effects on our mental and physical health. Research studies link being “too nice” which often includes suppressing or repressing negative emotions, to chronic illness. Multiple studies have linked breast cancer to suppressed emotion with anger being the top suppressed emotion in cancer patients. 

Holding onto anger without expressing it also takes a toll on relationships, creating a ticking time bomb that can strain connections and lead to resentment and communication breakdowns.

Acknowledging that anger is a natural emotion is the first step. Instead of suppressing it, let's explore healthy outlets. Whether through physical activity, creative expression, or honest conversations, finding constructive ways to express anger can lead to personal growth and positive change.

Returning to my personal story – yes, I faced admonishment, but it ignited a fire within me. Discussing anger, even when uncomfortable, is crucial. It pushed me to explore the positive potential of anger and opened my eyes to my own suppression of it.

Alright, let's switch things up and talk about handling anger in a more down-to-earth way. So, picture this: You're feeling mad, and someone says, "Don't be mad." Well, forget that advice. Being angry is like your internal alarm saying something's off. It's normal, and it's okay to feel it because, hey, we're all human. Humans have emotions that warn us when something isn't right.
 
Now, what's next? Instead of pushing that anger away, let's find a healthy way to let it out. Hit the dance floor, join a breathwork session, meditate, jot down your thoughts in a journal, or just chat with a friend. Remember, don't be too hard on yourself; feeling angry is perfectly fine.
 
Here's another idea: You're mad, and you're even mad at yourself for being mad. Let's change that. Be kind to yourself; cut yourself some slack. And you know what? It's completely fine to talk to someone about it. Give a friend a call, have a chat with a family member, or even consider a heart-to-heart with a coach or therapist. Sharing your feelings is a good thing.
 
Now, think of anger as a little fire inside you, not a scary monster. Instead of smothering it, let's find cool ways to use it. Anger is energy, what if you were to channel that energy into creating positive change in the world, into your business, or art?  As poet and author John O'Donohue says, "Anger is not something to be feared or suppressed. It is a natural and valid emotion that can be channeled into sacred rage for positive change."
 
Embracing the Catalyst for Transformation
 
Suppressing anger might seem like the easy way out, but it comes with hidden costs. Exploring the ups and downs of anger taught me that addressing this emotion head-on can lead to positive change. Let's shatter the stigma surrounding anger and embrace its potential for transformation, both on a personal level and in the wider world. After all, it's okay to be a little angry – it might just be the catalyst for something beautiful. 


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