Breaking the Anger Code: How to Effectively Reduce Stress and Tension Through Mindful Relaxation Techniques

New research discovers jogging is not effective for stress relief

The study aimed to challenge the notion that expressing anger is an effective way to cope with it. Instead, it sought to show that reducing arousal is a more beneficial method for releasing tension. Dr. Sofi Kerwick, one of the researchers involved, was motivated by the rising popularity of “anger rooms” in the US and Europe, where people are encouraged to release anger by breaking things such as glass, plates, and electronic devices.

The study analyzed 154 research studies involving over 10,000 participants from various genders, ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The findings revealed that activities that heightened physiological arousal and body heat did not alleviate feelings of stress and anger; in fact, they often exacerbated them. On the other hand, activities like deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, yoga, muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing, and taking a time out were found to effectively reduce anger.

Interestingly, the researchers discovered that running was one of the activities that actually increased feelings of anger

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