We’re all guilty of getting angry every now and again.
It’s hard not to feel your blood boil when tourists slow you down during the morning commute.
And when idiots forget queuing etiquette and push in front.
But what’s actually happening inside your body during these fits of rage?
Life Noggin explains the science behind seeing red and why we should all try to calm the f*ck down:
They use the example of a jerk cutting you off on a motorway
In the brain, the amygdala processes that you’ve been cut off and coordinates the release of neurotransmitters called catecholamines
What that does is give you a burst of energy, preparing you for physical action
The hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine are also released, increasing blood pressure and heart rate
As the blood rushes to the extremities, the face flushes red
Epinephrine and norepinephrine also fill your arteries with glucose and fatty acids
Unsurprisingly, all of this isn’t very good for you:
People who frequently get angry have a far higher risk of heart disease from overworking the heart.
The build up of fatty acids also narrows arteries and decreases flow of oxygen rich blood, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks and even death.
To get rid of anger you need to simply need to engage your brain’s prefrontal cortex, which manages judgement.
This can be done through meditation, anger management therapy, exercise and other relaxing activities.
Check out the full video here:
Article and images first appeared on Metro