New Study Debunks Popular Anger Management Method: Reducing Arousal is Key to Stress Relief

New research discovers jogging is not effective for stress relief

A new study has challenged the popular belief that breaking things is an effective way to cope with anger. Instead, researchers have found that reducing arousal is a more beneficial method for releasing tension. The study analyzed 154 research studies involving over 10,000 participants and found 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, contrary to popular belief. Professor Brad Bushman from Ohio State University led the research team and emphasized the importance of dispelling the myth that venting anger through intense physical activity is beneficial for stress relief. He noted that while certain physical activities may be beneficial for the heart, they are not the most effective ways to manage anger.

Bushman added that angry individuals may feel the urge to vent, but scientific evidence suggests that engaging in vigorous activity only strengthens aggression in the long run. Therefore, it is 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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