Is There Any Connection Between Anxiety Disorder and Anger?

Breathing exercises

Slow breathing has powerful effects on the physiological symptoms of anxiety and anger.

One of the measures of good health is your heart rate variability (HRV), the variation in the amount of time between your heartbeats.

If you’re feeling threatened, your HRV is low. The time between beats doesn’t change a lot. Low HRV is linked to anxiety, depression, and heart disease.

A higher HRV means you can easily adapt to changes in your environment. Your heart speeds up and slow down appropriately.

The good news? You can change your HRV.

Researchers have found that slow breathing (fewer than six breaths per minute) can boost your HRV and leave you feeling less anxious, less angry, and more relaxed.


Many people find gentle Swedish massage therapy to be a relaxing experience. It’s also been proven effective at reducing anxiety and anger.

In one recent study involving 100 women diagnosed with cancer, study participants received Swedish massage therapy sessions for 5 weeks.

Researchers reported that the women all experienced decreased symptoms in all mood disorders, including anger and anxiety, during and after the program.

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