The study aimed to challenge the idea that expressing anger is an effective way to deal with it. Researchers, led by Dr. Sophie Kerwick, analyzed 154 studies that included over 10,000 participants from different backgrounds. They found that activities that increased physiological arousal and body heat had no significant effect on stress levels or feelings of anger. Instead, these activities often exacerbated these emotions.

On the other hand, activities such as deep breathing, relaxation, meditation, yoga, muscle relaxation, diaphragmatic breathing and taking breaks were effective in reducing anger. Surprisingly, running was identified as an activity that actually increased anger levels.

The head of the research team, Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University emphasized that there is no scientific evidence to support the belief that intense physical activity helps relieve stress. He explained that while certain physical activities can be beneficial for heart health, they are not the best way to manage anger.

Professor Bushman noted that while individuals may feel a temporary sense of relief from venting their anger, it can actually increase feelings of aggression in the long run. The study suggests that finding healthier and more constructive ways to manage anger is essential to overall well-being.

The growing popularity of “anger rooms” in the US and Europe has sparked concern about whether these activities are effective at relieving stress and reducing feelings of anger. The new research suggests that instead of expressing anger through destructive means such as smashing objects or engaging in intense physical activity, individuals should focus on reducing physiological arousal through techniques such as deep breathing and meditation.

Overall, the study highlights the importance of finding healthy ways to manage stress and reduce feelings of aggression in order to promote overall well-being.

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