New research discovers jogging is not effective for stress relief

Breaking the Anger Cycle: A Study Challenges Common Coping Mechanisms for Managing Feelings of Stress

A recent study aimed to challenge the popular notion that expressing anger through activities such as breaking things is an effective way to cope with it. Instead, the research focused on reducing arousal as a more beneficial method for releasing tension.

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. However, 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, contrary to popular belief. Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University emphasized the importance of dispelling this myth and noted that while certain physical activities may be beneficial for the heart, they are not the most effective ways to manage anger. He added that angry individuals may feel the urge to vent their emotions but scientific evidence suggests that engaging in vigorous activity only strengthens aggression in the long run. It is therefore essential to recognize that while venting anger may provide temporary relief, it does not address the root causes of anger and may ultimately perpetuate aggressive behavior.

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