My friend Pam was suddenly bedeviled several days with Anger. She had no idea what caused it. Or what she was angry about. She just was. So she called me on her phone just to vent. That was healthy. She is a Biddy and she lives alone. But she works and was so upset that she seriously considered calling in sick for a couple of days because of her distress.
After we talked for a while she suggested that I write a blog about anger that sometimes affects us Biddies and Geezers. So here we go.
Actually there is a lot of anger going on in all age levels of our society right now. Not good. Anger can cripple the physical and mental health of people no matter their age. Strong emotions stir up hormones and can be devastating to our well-being. So … what to do about it? What about me?
I must be doing something right because I am not (at the moment) infected with fear or anger or anxiety.
Typical “First Aid” remedies for people fending off the attacks of these emotions are comfort food, booze, or maybe a joint. But these are destructive in the long term. Pam’s reaction of venting to a non-judgmental friend was a healthier solution. (Although I suspect Pam enjoyed a glass of wine after she talked with me. There are people who are pushing for spirits to have a warning label: Warning: consuming two or three glasses of this beverage increases your risk of not giving a shit.)
I confess that I have momentary bouts of anger, or anxiety. But I have come to believe there are two practices that prevent chronic damage. I spend about 40 minutes exercising each day. This has a cleansing effect on my body and my mind. And the second? I try to do some good deed for another person every day. This can be as simple as giving someone my seat on the bus or subway. But it gives me a good feeling. It is healing for me.
Will there ideas work for you? I guarantee it! If they don’t I will cheerfully refund your misery.
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