Having pandemic anger management issues? How to keep your cool for your health

“People are pressured and angry about a number of things and situations, and driving is a situation perfectly designed to induce anger,” she said.

“Because people are deliberately heading somewhere, when cut off by reckless drivers, they feel their safety is at risk or their life has been made even more difficult by such behavior. As such, they react angrily to deal with the anxiety she has caused,” Perera said.

She continued: “The stress, isolation and underlying trauma during the pandemic is impacting everyday life and people are not being patient and kind to themselves and each other right now. what influences their behavior.

Dr. Lim also felt that becoming a better educated society can have the opposite effect. “I feel like we’ve developed a strong sense of self-righteousness and an ‘I know better’ attitude as we become a better educated society, whether it’s about whether people have to give way to us or act according to what we think we are. the right behavior. »


Most of us would throw a few dirty looks in the offender’s direction or drop a ‘tsk’ or two at most. “Overall, most people will tolerate and forget anger, and there are few consequences,” Dr. Lim said.

However, if you stay angry all the time and don’t process the emotion, the consequences are on you. The resulting stress “can lead to insomnia, feelings of anxiety, and physical symptoms such as tension, bruxism, and palpitations,” he said.

“Anger can also raise your blood pressure. Studies have shown that after an outburst of anger, the risk of chest pain, heart attack, dangerous irregular heartbeat, and even stroke increases for a few hours.

This is something to think about before letting the situation get to you. And the damage does not stop there. Bottling up negative emotions such as anger and anxiety can put muscles under constant tension, Perera said. “If this constant tension is not released or addressed, it can lead to chronic pain and lead to the development of mental health issues.”


If we react, Singaporeans tend to take the passive-aggressive approach. Brush past the stroller in front of you instead of asking him to pass him? Check. Complaining to your friend about the man who just cut your queue – within earshot? It is done.

“We aren’t taught to talk from an early age and we’ve generally been brought up not to be confrontational,” Dr Lim said. “People also fear getting into a bad spot if they speak up and the other side might retaliate, or they might get in trouble.”

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