In the 1976 movie "Network," TV newscaster Howard Beal (Peter Finch) ranted, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" Theater audiences were shocked, but roared with laughter.
Since then blogs, chat rooms and social media have made cyber-rants a fixture in millions of folks' daily lives. And whether you post an online opinion piece (against anything from a starlet's dress to a congressional miscue or your neighbor's dog) or simply read others' invectives, research shows it doesn't dispel anger, it amps it up.
So, if sharing upset with an online community doesn't ease frustration, what will? Good self-care and opening your heart to others!
- Maintain the right diet. Banish the five food felons (most saturated and trans fats, any grain that's not 100 percent whole, and all added sugars and sugar syrups). Inflammation from eating red meat and sugary, fatty, processed foods contributes to physical and emotional stress. Replace with omega-3-rich fish, like salmon; and lots of veggies and fruit.
- Increase physical activity. Start walking 30 minutes daily; aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- Reduce stress. Ten minutes of meditation daily lowers blood pressure and relaxes muscles.
- Pursue interests. Make time for hobbies; break the cycle of work, TV, sleep, work, TV sleep ... you'll delight and surprise yourself.
- Practice generosity; pitch in on a community project; offer a co-worker support; take time to listen to a family member. Look at the world from another's point of view. You'll be amazed at how frustration disappears.