3 steps to Shelter from Anger
Anger is pervasive and contagious particularly as we face transitioning times of turmoil.
Studies have shown that imbalances of brain chemicals and stress hormones feeds anger.
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die
You are the victim of your own anger. Let’s start to:
• recognise the emotion, attend and befriend
• identify the imbalances of neurotransmitters
• manage anger with mindfulness, compassion and naturally balancing neurochemicals
Fear is nature’s primal protector. The sympathetic nervous system takes hold to action and protect against fear and anger. Anger is intelligent – it allows us to face our obstacles, meet our needs, feel safe and respected. Anger is not an entity, it’s morally bad – we become angry and that’s really unpleasant not only for you but for those around you. We push away and explode with words and actions.
What you think about, be it worry, fear or anger becomes your inclination of your mind
Anger is a powerful primal energy that develops roots to strangle the mind.
When the mind is hijacked by anger, we allow for more suffering, develop fault lines for stress and depression. This means the mind is not taking instructions from you.
We need to pay more attention to our thoughts. Human consciousness should create situations, but we are allowing our situations to create human consciousness.
Anger can be a force to serve for radical healing transformation by meeting anger with awareness
Shifting of planets, isolation, extreme financial and emotional distress, riots energise the widespread anger which leads to suffering on a societal level.
This drives violence, sadness and makes us feel small and contracted. Astrological predictions influence vibrations, planetary shifts influence emotions. Personal suffering such as relationship demands or cancer is a battle that is pretty nasty and needs for you to face the vulnerability.
Full moon and the retrograde of planets make us go crazy, moods go out of balance in a depressed patient person but not necessarily you. You are the master of your mind, it is fixed by you, it is stable and becomes your destiny.
Awaken to Awareness
We need to awaken to awareness and activate the inner energy to guide the grace within us so that we can survive and thrive.
Bend your reality by using your mind to make bold visions and make more majestic version of yourself. Every breath is your existence, it is your inner nature to process growth. When angry, take your attention to your thoughts, acknowledge the emotion and allow it to pass, pay attention to your breath.
The Mind is the King of your senses but the breath is the king of your mind
Create the clearing in the dense forest of negativity that which needs attention. Feel what you are unwilling to feel, what is living in you, be it sorrow, fear or what is called forth. How and who do you want to be?
Grounds of compassion can be brought forth through intentional suffering which in turn, arouses accessing your deepest resources of growth and consciousness. This allows us to find refuge in each other and heal from negative emotions.
When anger is dominant, you may lose contact with the mindfulness and compassion which then translates as suffering and this is contagious!
Shift from flight-fright-freeze in a sympathetic nervous system overdrive with attention to anger , acknowledge and befriend the anger, simply by noticing your thoughts. Shift the anger to by paying attention to your breath and your mind. Your heart rate will slow. Quieting your thoughts will keep you from being a prisoner to fear and anger.
Neurotransmitters when balanced is the key to opening the opportunity to pay attention to your thoughts, allowing for balance and calm.
Anger can be associated with up-regulation of Glutamate, an excitatory neurotransmitter, also raised in non-epileptic seizures.
Wonder why you may shake when angry?
Anger can be associated with a reaction to sadness. When depression takes hold, serotonin depletes and manifests as feeling low or down. A reaction to serotonin depletion may call for GABA to compensate the Serotonin depletion. This is when anxiety steps in.
Wonder why you may panic when angry?
Anger can also be associated with adrenal stress. Cortisol, the main stress hormone sends signals to the brain to get you into a flight-fright-freeze zone. This triggers the need for the brain to gets its glucose hit to react to the stress.
Wonder why you need a sugar hit when angry?
Assessment and balance of neurotransmitters requires detailed understanding of the high’s and low’s of the valuable brain chemicals that govern all our emotions, feelings and how we see the world.
Some forms of mental health issues runs in the family. We are born with a set of genes which predispose us of our parent’s traits or behaviours. Changing the expression of genes in the study of epigenomics can play a major role in managing anger.
Wonder why anger runs in the family?
Check out some of the options in Testing for mental health.
Naturally Optimise Neurochemicals
Manage anger with naturally balancing neurochemicals.
We make our own brain chemicals with nutrients taking daily in our diet.
Amino Acids and specific nutrients which support methylation and metabolism of amino acids to synthesise neurotransmitters are essential for good mood and help manage anger.
The aromatic amino acids (tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine) are the precursors for the neurotransmitters’ serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. The acidic amino acids glutamate and aspartate are themselves brain neurotransmitters.
The most prevalent transmitter is glutamate, which is excitatory at well over 90% of the synapses in the human brain. The next most prevalent is Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, or GABA, which is inhibitory at more than 90% of the synapses that do not use glutamate. GABA deficiency is associated with anxiety, not being able to relax or maintain sleep.
Glutamate on the other hand, can be toxic to the brain usually triggered by high glutamate in the diet, for example, Monosodium Glutamate found in take away, canned or processed foods.
There are many nutrients essential to the synthesis and regulation of neurotransmitters, including amino acids, choline, vitamin C, B-vitamins, zinc, iron, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.
Folates, also known as Vit B9 found predominantly in leafy green vegetables play a number of roles in the body and brain. They are necessary for making DNA, neurotransmitters, cellular detoxification, and the proper formation of the nervous system during development.
Vitamin B6 plays an important role in mood regulation. This is partly because this vitamin is necessary for creating neurotransmitters that regulate emotions, including serotonin, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)
Make more Happy Brain Chemicals
Make more happy brain chemicals by:
- Making new mind-body medicine habits like controlled breathing meditation
- Stimulate the vagus nerve. For tips and tricks to get the brain chemicals talking to the rest if the body, see Harnessing the Vagus Nerve
- Boost Dopamine, the reward trigger
- Boost Serotonin, the happy hormone
- Support the adrenals to survive and thrive
- Get the endorphins flowing to manage pain and give the high as in “Runners high”
- Test the balance of neurotransmitters
- Get professional advice to manage and balance neurotransmitters
- Be happy!