More Pasta Sauces to Try

Want more variety in your pasta dishes? It’s not the pasta alone that makes the difference, but the sauces that you prepare. Try these tasty pasta recipes instead of the usual spaghetti and lasagna treats.

Funghi e Piselli
Ingredients: 2 ounces bacon, 1 pound green peas, ½ pound thinly-sliced mushrooms, egg pasta dough (you can use tonnellini or spaghetti as long as it’s fresh), butter, onion, your choice of cheese, and water.
Preparation: Prepare the fresh egg pasta dough then set aside. For the sauce, cook the green peas, bacon, onion, and a small amount of water. After simmering for ten minutes, add the mushrooms. Pour the sauce over the pasta, then serve with cheese.

Ingredients: 16 ounces of dry fettucine, 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano, ¾ cup heavy cream, salt and pepper, finely-chopped chives, ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 peeled cloves garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped marjoram, 1 teaspoon chopped thyme, 1 teaspoon chopped oregano, 1 ½ cups walnuts, and 3 cups of water.
Preparation: Boil to soften the walnuts for five minutes, then drain the water and set aside the walnuts. Grind garlic and sea salt using the mortar and pestle, then add the walnuts, oregano, and thyme. In a separate bowl, whisk the olive oil with the creamy and course walnut sauce, then add heavy cream and cheese until the emulsion becomes thick. Add salt and pepper. Cook pasta for about 8 minutes then drain the water. Toss the pasta with the walnut sauce and serve with chives.

Ingredients: 12 ounces spaghetti or bucatini, ½ cup olive oil, 1 finely chopped onion, 4 chopped garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, Kosher salt, 1 sprigs basil, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, ¼ cup grated pecorino or parmesan, and 28 ounces of whole peeled tomatoes (make sure to puree this in your food processor).
Preparation: Cook pasta for about 2 minutes, drain the water, and set aside ½ cup of pasta water. In a skillet, heat the oil and cook the onion. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, then stir. Adjust to medium heat then add pureed tomatoes and salt. Stir the sauce occasionally for about 20 minutes, then remove the heat before adding the basil. On high heat, add the pasta water to the sauce, then boil before adding the pasta. When the pasta is cooked, remove the pot from heat and add butter and cheese before tossing.

Ingredients: 1 ½ chicken/vegetable broth, 1 cup wine, 1 ½ teaspoon cornstarch, ½ teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ¾ cup chopped yellow onion, ½ cup olive oil, 1 cup diced tomatoes, 2 cups blanched green beans, 4 cups cooked penne, and 3 tablespoons each of romano and parmesan cheese.
Preparation: Heat oil then add onions and red pepper for 5 minutes, before adding the garlic and whiskins in the wine, parsley, rosemary, and salt. In a separate container, whish the cornstarch and broth before adding the mixture to the sauce. To prepare the pasta, sauté green beans, tomato, pasta sauce, and penne. Later, add the chesses and stir.

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Managing Flu Symptoms Safely

Seasonal flu is quite common, but the symptoms can vary among individuals. What’s more, it’s a contagious illness that can result in complications if not managed properly.

Seek Treatment if Necessary
Although most people will recover from flu after several days, it’s important to seek treatment if you experience any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, stomach pain, pressure on the chest or stomach, dehydration, vomiting, and inability to hold down fluids. A child with the flu must be sent to the emergency room if you see the following signs: fever, rashes, inability to produce tears, and purplish or bluish tinge to the skin. Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with existing health conditions are at risk of developing complications, that is why they will need attention from a doctor.

Treat Mild Symptoms
The usual flu symptoms include fever, muscle plain, headache, sore throat or cough, and fatigue. These can be managed at home even without getting help from a doctor as long as the symptoms don’t worsen or if the affected person isn’t at risk of developing complications. Rest and drinking enough fluids will help the person feel a lot better, but the other symptoms can be relieved with acetaminophen or cough medicines (however, cough medicine isn’t advisable for children under 4 years). Sometimes the latter will not ease the symptoms, that is why hydration is a better option. Be careful when taking aspirin, however, because it is not advisable for people younger than 19 years.

Steam Baths Can Help Ease Symptoms
To ease congestion and sore throat, fill a tub with hot water and add 1 teaspoon of menthol rub. Then, breathe in the steam from the mixture. You can also have a warm shower to ease some of the aches and pains, but make sure to use a humidifier or a vaporizer to avoid dry air.

Stay at Home
Flu is contagious, that is why you will be advised to stay at home and rest. After all, you wouldn’t be able to complete any task if you have a fever and a headache. The fever is a signal that your body is fighting the virus, but you can manage the aches and pains with over-the-counter medication. Getting enough sleep will help your body fight off the virus, as well as making sure you are hydrated. Fluids not only include water and sports drinks, but soups and fruit juices. It will also help you manage sore throat and cough even without taking cough medicine.

Ask About Antiviral Treatment
If it is necessary to seek help from a doctor, your doctor might mention antiviral treatment if there is a chance of developing complications. Antiviral medication is different from antibiotics and are effective only during the first 48 hours of the onset of the symptoms. Antiviral treatment can also be used to prevent flu infections, but you should ask your doctor about the possible complications.

How to Teach Your Kids Responsibility

They say that for an adult to become responsible, he should be trained while still young. After all, parents can’t be around all the time to tell the child how to take responsibility for the choices and actions that will affect the people around him.

Show It and Practice It
You can’t expect the child to be responsible if he doesn’t see that in his parents. Show him by starting with small tasks like cleaning up after his mess. Ask him to help you if he spilled his drink for example. You can also ask him to participate in household chores, but don’t force it on him. Make it fun and praise him after a job well done.

Make Rules and Stick to It
Doting parents often allow slips, but that sends a wrong message to the child. He will think that those rules can be bent and he can just smile at you to escape the consequences. Everyone at home should also observe the same rules and practice the same routine.

Establish a Routine
Children need to be shown how to do things. Let them practice until it’s part of their routine. When your kid is already going to school for example, establish a routine for morning preparations. When he gets home, tell him about which tasks have to be completed first before letting him play with his toys or watch television.

You Should Be Easy to Talk To
You don’t need to be a monster to your child to teach him responsibility. Whenever he does something wrong, you should be calm but firm when the child approaches you. It will be easier for him to talk to you about what went wrong if he knows you’re there to listen and give advice, not judge and punish.

Don’t Be Afraid of Consequences
Some parents think that letting a child learn about consequences of misbehavior is a bit harsh. But if you don’t let them sort out their problems for themselves, they will never learn how to do so as adults. If he refuses to complete his homework for example, tell him he won’t be able to play video games. Even if you feel sorry, don’t go back on your word.

Praise Good Deeds
If your five-year-old daughter volunteered to wash the dishes, let her. Worry about the mess later. She will see it as play and not work. Just make sure someone is around to assist her. Praise your kid when they help or finish a task regardless of the result. You don’t have to have a reward system for everything. You should save those rewards for more important accomplishments.

Beers 101

Brewing of beer is perhaps as old as bread-making. It has also been important not just in the food industry but even in mythology and literature. The “Hymn to Ninkasi” contains the oldest recorded recipe for beer and even Noah kept a stock of beer on the Ark. Beer has been popular for thousands of years, but when Louis Pasteur discovered the benefits of yeast in fermentation, beer brewing became easier and faster.

Let’s get to know this popular beverage.

Different cultures used different types of grains. The Babylonians alone had twenty beer varieties. Egyptians cultivated barley for beer-making, while the Russians used rye. North Americans used persimmon and agave, while South America had corn and sweet potatoes. Africa used cassava, corn and millet. Japan made use of rice, while China had wheat. The rest of Asia on the other hand used sorghum.

The important ingredients in any type of beer however are water, starch, yeast and a flavoring.
1. Water – Water from different sources contain minerals that are sometimes unique to the region.
2. Starch – The starch source refers to the material that will be fermented. The most common is the malted grain which was soaked in water to allow the grain to germinate.
3. Yeast – Yeast is used for the fermentation of the starch source which contains sugar. It metabolizes the sugar to produce carbon dioxide and alcohol.
4. Flavoring – The most common flavoring used since 1000 AD is hops, the flower of a hop plant, for its bitter and citric taste.

Brewing, or beer-making process, has two steps. The first step involves converting the starch source such as a grain into a wort. A wort is the result of mixing the grain with hot water and then heated. The process is called mashing. The heat converts the starch into sugars.

The wort, which is in a liquid form, is then boiled to remove the water and some enzymes still present. Hops are added during this process too. The wort with hops is cooled before it’s fermented.

Fermentation with the help of a yeast converts the wort into an alcoholic beverage. It takes weeks or months depending on the type of yeast. The yeast will settle once fermentation is done. Sometimes a beer goes through two fermentation processes to make it last longer.

Beers are classified according to the type of yeast used and the fermentation process.

1. Ale
Ale is fermented for a short period at warm temperatures. The yeast used is called top-fermenting yeast because it floats during fermentation. Ales have been brewed since ancient times. Sub-types of ale include the pale and brown ales.

2. Lager
Lager is fermented for long periods at cold temperatures. The yeast used are called bottom-fermenting yeast because they sink while fermenting. Pilsners and dark lagers are two types of lager.

3. Others
Hybrid beers employ techniques in creating both ale and lager. The brewing process for example might use lager yeast while fermenting at a warm temperature. Specialty beers on the other hand are made from other types of ingredients.

What to Do When You Have Diarrhea

Diarrhea is nothing to be embarrassed about although there are some of us whose most humiliating stories involved loose bowels.

There are three known types of diarrhea. Secretory diarrhea includes water in the stool. Osmotic diarrhea happens when the water from the body is absorbed in the stool. Exudative diarrhea has pus or blood in the stool.

Most cases of diarrhea are not life-threatening. If it doesn’t get better after a few days with over-the-counter drugs, diarrhea might be a symptom of a more serious underlying condition.

The most common cause is viral gastroenteritis or stomach flu. A number of viruses including rotavirus and norovirus are the culprits. It can be passed from an infected person to another through food and water. Gastroenteritis can also be bacterial.

There are other causes as well, the most serious of which requires medical attention. If watery stools are accompanied by recurring fever, vomiting, and pain, it needs medical attention.

Common diarrhea can be avoided by proper handling of food and water. Contamination can be prevented by practicing good hygiene like washing your hands before and after eating, drinking clean water and making sure the food is cooked and prepared cleanly.

Sometimes it’s tempting to try so many types of food available in Singapore. Always watch what you eat and drink and never try something you’re not sure you can handle especially if you have a sensitive tummy.

Diarrhea in Children
The frequency of bowel movements for every child should not be the only factor you should consider. The same goes for adults. If the child is experiencing pain, gas and sometimes vomiting, it could be diarrhea.

Keep the child hydrated by providing clean drinking water and food rich in potassium like potatoes and bananas. Children less than a year old should be nursed more often than usual. You can ask the pediatrician about using an oral rehydration solution for the infant.

Kids aged one to eleven are usually much easier to feed. Avoid sugary, fatty and salty food. Fruits are a good source of fluids and can easily be digested. Children can sometimes be picky especially if they’re not feeling well. If you think the kid is not getting enough fluids, give him or her an oral rehydration solution. Be careful about giving medication to children, so ask the pediatrician first.

Diarrhea in Adults
Treatment of diarrhea in adults is pretty much the same as treating diarrhea in children. Make sure thatt you don’t get dehydrated. If diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting, it is usually harder to hold down food and water. You will still need to drink water or an oral rehydrating solution by increasing the amount gradually. Eat small meals consisting of easily digestible food. If the problem worsens, you will need an intravenous fluid to replenish nutrients lost.

Pregnant women should avoid food that can worsen diarrhea. If the stools have blood or mucus or are all liquid, it’s time to call the doctor.

How to Deal With Constipation

Constipation is not uncommon. It is a condition in which a person has fewer bowel movements than usual. You have to remember that every person has a different schedule. Some people could go from one to three bowel movements per day. However, the accepted minimum per week is three bowel movements.

Symptoms and Causes
If you have less than three bowel movements per week and you have a hard stool that is painful to pass, it could be constipation. You will also feel bloated all the time, have abdominal cramps, and sometimes you will see blood on the stool.

Some known causes are lack of fiber and water in the body. Constipation could also be a side effect of some of the medication you’re taking including daily vitamin supplements.

Constipation for women who can still give birth might be a sign of early pregnancy. An increase in progesterone relaxes the muscles in your intestine’s wall.

Some kids also have trouble with toilet training. If they ignore the urge to pass stools, then most likely constipation will develop.

Your state of mind and emotional health can also affect your bowel movements. Depression for example causes your bodily functions to slow down. Medications for allergies, depression, and blood pressure also affect your bowels.

Constipation might also be a symptom of medical conditions. Hypothyroidism for example, causes the metabolic processes to slow down. Inflammatory bowel disease causes constipation as well. Diabetes can also disrupt how your body digests food and gets rid of wastes.

Treatment and Prevention
If not treated, constipation can result into hemorrhoids, bowel incontinence and the hard stool might collect in your rectum.

Cut back on food that you think are causing constipation. There is no definite study yet, but there are food like banana with a reputation that could make passing stool more difficult. Don’t rely too much on laxatives. They should be taken only if indicated by your doctor. Common laxatives are oral osmotics, stool softeners, bulk formers, and stimulants.

Observe the type of food you usually eat. If you notice that you’re consuming too much high-fat food, cut back. Reduce food with white refined carbohydrates and those high in calcium. Some fruits and vegetables also cause constipation. Try sitting on the toilet after meals to stimulate your bowels, but if you already have routine, stick to it.

Children are advised to eat whole grain food along with fruits and vegetables. Sometimes too much milk and dairy products could be the culprit. Toilet training is also important. Eliminate the fear of going to the bathroom and if possible develop a routine to train the child to sit on the toilet at specific times of the day.

To prevent constipation, you have to make changes in your diet and lifestyle. Eat food rich in fiber, drink a lot of water and exercise regularly. Remember that too much of everything is bad. Even too much of healthy food is unhealthy. You don’t need to stop eating what you like, but eat and drink in moderation.

Loyalty Marketing and Building Brand Loyalty Among Customers

Brand loyalty is a behavior pattern that occurs when customers make emotionally-driven decisions to repeatedly purchase a specific brand. Whether this decision is conscious or unconscious, this kind of purchasing reflects how the consumer identifies with the brand on a personal level as the brand meets the consumer’s expectations.

Once these repeated purchases become regular enough, these products and services become associated with a particular brand. The marketing practice that utilizes this behavior pattern is what is called loyalty marketing.

Where does brand loyalty come from?
Brand loyalty doesn’t always come from a dedicated customer base at first, but the quality of the product or service itself that meets the consumer’s expectation. Apart from this, there are other factors that could influence brand loyalty, from customer satisfaction to perceived value and brand trust.

While the internet has allowed for more diversity, with more products and services now intensely competing for customers, the good news is that brand loyalty and loyalty marketing are both alive and well.

One of the most active consumer bases to engage in loyalty marketing are millennials, as they are more likely to establish a more meaningful, emotional connection to these products and services.

This is what distinguishes repeated purchases from brand loyalty. By discovering and studying the gap between their brands and the customers’ ideals, companies are able to continuously meet the needs and requirements to achieve customer satisfaction.

Why does brand loyalty matter to your business?
In competitive markets, brands need to constantly engage their customers in order to know what they want and need. A well-recognized brand with a loyal consumer base can withstand most micro- or macro-environmental factors that you will encounter as a business owner.

The biggest advantage that brand loyalty can offer your business is by having a dedicated customer base. Communities can even form because of this loyalty to one brand, which can take the form of online forums and social groups.

Having customers that choose your brand consistently is one of the best things that can happen to your business, as they will provide for a constant stream of income. This allows you to expand through their referrals, which is essentially free word-of-mouth marketing.

How do you build brand loyalty?
Even if your business in Singapore is doing well, you need to protect your brand in order to fully establish it to a larger market.

The first step to gaining brand loyalty is by establishing your brand. You can achieve this with the help of Singapore on trademark registration. Trademarks are used to protect intellectual property similar to a copyright or a patent, but registered marks are different in that they are used specifically for products and services.

Trademark registration in Singapore is now easier than ever, which is all the more incentive for you to register TM for your brand. The process now essentially boils down to these steps:

1. Application – Your trademark registration application must include your name and address, a clear representation of your registered mark, a complete list of goods and services in relation to the product and/or service you wish to trademark; and a declaration of your intent of use.

One of the most important things to consider when registering your brand is the logo. While it is a prerequisite for you to follow the guidelines when it comes to logo design, you need to make sure that your logo design is eye-catching.

2. Examination – Your application will then be examined to check if the mark is registrable. If it is acceptable, it will be published. However, if your application is deemed objectionable, you will receive an examination report containing the grounds for refusal.

You will be required to provide necessary information or amend your application within four months. If you don’t respond within this deadline, your application will be treated as withdrawn.

3. Publication – If application is approved, it will be published in the Trade Marks Journal for scrutiny. During this time, competitors or owners of prior existing intellectual properties can file for an objection. In the event that there is an objection for your wanting to register trademark, for your brand, you will be notified.

4. Issuance of Certificate – If you don’t receive an objection two months after your application is published in the journal, you will be issued a certificate that gives you exclusive rights to use and exploit the brand name. The protection offered by your registered mark lasts for a minimum of ten years.

The advantage of applying to register trademark for your brand is that as long as you use it and not simply sit on it, you can renew it for as long as you like.

Now that your brand is established, focusing on marketing is key. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when building brand loyalty among your potential customers:

• Reliability – People choose brands consistently because of their satisfaction regarding this brand’s quality in terms of products, services, and even the voice. They are more likely to choose your products repeatedly if your brand is consistent in offering this said quality.

• Personality – Having real conversations with your customers and giving them a personal experience is a great way to assess their individual needs.

• Loyalty programs – Offering rewards, such as discounts and freebies, can encourage customers into making repeat purchases. However, you need to choose these rewards for particular services carefully. One way to do this is by reserving these rewards for large one-time purchases.

Electrical Safety Tips Homeowners Should Know

As a homeowner in Singapore, you are capable of fixing and troubleshooting basic wiring without the need to consult an electrician services company or even a licensed electrician.

Most electrical jobs that you will most likely encounter range from simple things, such as replacing light bulbs to covering exposed wires with electrical tape to avoid getting electrocuted or having the wires themselves overheat. With that said, here are some safety tips you should know as a homeowner:

    1. Do an annual safety inspection

    It’s best that you know exactly how old your home is for electrical safety reasons. Even though most modern homes are built to handle the necessary electrical works, older homes, such as ones that are made out of wood, may not always be able to handle them.

    The good news is that safety inspection doesn’t have to be that hard – all you need to do is to look for anything that seems out of place or could pose as a fire or electrical hazard (e.g. exposed wiring, electrical works with faulty insulation).

    2. Befriend with your electrical panel

    Your electrical panel holds not just the circuit breakers, but also the main switches that you turn off manually whenever you need to do basic electrical works at home, such as replacing a light bulb or installing a light fixture.

    Find out the date that your panel was installed in your home, as the older the circuit breakers and main switches get, the more likely they can trip by themselves. When inspecting, touch the panel to make sure that it’s not hot. If it is, call a power max electrician immediately.

    3. Understand what circuit breakers do

    Circuit breakers are exactly what the name implies – they “break”, or trip when the circuit is overloaded, preventing the wires from overheating and starting a fire.

    However, they can also trip by themselves over years of use, even when everything otherwise seems normal. While occasional tripping can indicate overloads, frequent breaker trips are something you need to consult an electrician services company in Singapore.

    It’s also important that you know how old your circuit breaker box is and how to work it. Because electricity still enters the panel even though the main switches and breakers have been shut off, this type of work should be best left to a licensed electrician.

    Depending on how many circuits you have for your electrical works at home, hiring a good electrician may set you back for a certain amount depending on the electrician’s rate.

    4. Always have a fire extinguisher on standby

    In the event of an electrical fire, the best way to put it out is with a chemical retardant. Avoid using water, as this will only conduct electricity. Be sure to follow the instructions in using the fire extinguisher and keep an eye out for the retardant’s expiry date.

    Even if you conduct regular inspections to avoid the risk of having an electrical fire breaking out in your home, a fire extinguisher would still come in handy. At the end of the day, it’s better to have a fire extinguisher without a fire than the other way around.

    5. Replace anything and everything hot

    Anything that heats up that’s not supposed to is a sign of a major electrical problem, outlets and ceiling fixtures included. For instance, screwing in a bulb with a higher wattage than what is recommended can lead to the fixture overheating, which could be a major fire hazard if left unchecked.

    6. Watch out for sparks or smoke

    Turn off all switches in the electrical panel immediately once you see sparks or smell something burning from the light fixtures, the circuit box, or even the power outlets. This is a sign of compromised electrical works that could turn into a fire hazard at any moment.

    Be sure to contact an electrician in the event that you start to see smoke or sparks from your electrical equipment, and always have your fire extinguisher on standby.

    7. Ground older appliances

    Older appliances, especially kitchen appliances, can put you at risk due to potential grounding issues – avoid this by using three-pronged plugs that properly connect to a grounded outlet. Outlets that have not been grounded should be replaced with new, grounded circuits.

Being able to determine the symptoms of an electrical problem allows you to make repairs easier and avoids running the risk of electrocuting yourself or other people in your home by accident.

When it comes to electrical safety, here are a few more tips to keep in mind:

    • Assume all overhead wires are live. If the overhead power cables are dangerously close to your home, do not attempt to touch them with your bare hands, especially if they are exposed. If you have to touch them, wear thick rubber gloves.

    • Keep all electrical equipment or wirings away from water. Water conducts electricity extremely well, which means that it could not only result in a potential fire hazard, but can also end up damaging said electrical equipment. Always work with electrical equipment or wirings in a dry area. If water is present around the area, shut off the main power and remove the water first before switching the main power back on.

    • Do not repair or operate electrical equipment without proper training. Though there are electrical problems that you can fix by yourself at home, there are also more delicate and complicated electrical equipment, such as circuit boxes, that you should not try to move yourself. Consider contacting an electrical services company to help you with this problem.

*This list is compiled in no particular order.*

What is Separation Anxiety Disorder?

Separation anxiety is common among children when they feel worried about being separated from their parents. It is a normal feeling that usually goes away as the child grows up and learns that the separation isn’t usually permanent. For some, however, the prospect of someone going away triggers exaggerated reactions.

Separation anxiety disorder is thought to be the most common type of anxiety disorder among children. Kids who come to school for the first time cry when they are left in the classroom. This may continue to happen until the child gets used to being separated for a short period of time from his/her parents or guardians.

It is considered a disorder if the child exhibits the following symptoms:
1. Complaints of headache and other body pains
2. Dizziness and shortness of breath
3. Fast heartbeat
4. Anger or sadness
5. Feeling of shame, helplessness and fear
6. Worrying about possible harm to persons the child is attached to

The child will also refuse to participate in class because he/she will feel worried all day. When at home, he/she might not want to sleep alone in the room because of nightmares. The child will refuse to be alone in the room even when awake and will always ask for someone to be near him/her.

As a result, the child cannot do things without someone watching over him/her. He/she will be the first one to refuse participation in class and is prone to absenteeism. The child will also never learn to become independent.

There will be limited social interactions. There is no chance to form friendships because he/she would rather be with the parents or siblings. If the child feels threatened of being left, he/she will throw tantrums.

The behavior will create a stressful environment at home and at school. Although most teachers are taught how to handle the situation in the classroom, the parents need to reinforce it at home. If the behavior is not addressed early, the child becomes clingy.

What causes separation anxiety? Although there is no one cause, traumatic experiences in the past can be a trigger. If the child has lost a loved one for example, the child might have found it difficult to understand. If he/she cannot cope with the help of the parents, it develops into a fear.

If your child exhibits any of the symptoms, you can ask for help from a child psychiatrist. He/she must learn to feel safe when the people he/she is attached to goes away for a while. Younger children will need counseling and exposure. The parents have to participate in the treatment for it to be effective.

For older children, psychotherapy is needed. He/she will also need support from the family. Medication might be prescribed for serious cases or if the patient is an adolescent. The family will have to reinforce the treatment at home.

Are You Always Angry?

Do you get irritated by your co-workers grating voice? Do you hate how your classmate seems to drag his feet when walking? Are you always snapping at your wife every time she asks something?

Anger is a normal response when you feel threatened or humiliated. But if you get mad even at insignificant things, it could destroy your relationships at home and work or school.

Effects on Your Body
When you’re angry, your body is getting ready to defend itself or to flee from the perceived threat. The hormones responsible for getting your body to move fast during emergency situations are also responsible for the changes when you’re mad. If you’re always angry then your blood pressure is always up, you sweat a lot and your muscles are always tense. Chronic anger could cause hypertension, heart diseases, and even diabetes.

Mental Health Effects
Angry people are also more likely to abuse alcohol, dangerous drugs, gambling and food. They are also prone to making decisions and passing judgments without proper thinking and evaluation. The result sometimes triggers more negative emotions. You need to step back and re-evaluate the situation. Ask yourself what made you so angry. Are you afraid that you can’t control the outcome? Is the frustration and pain the result of an event in the past that you haven’t dealt with? Are you angry because you failed and you want to blame everyone but yourself? Or are you angry simply because you are exhausted?

Effects on Relationships
The people most affected by your uncontrollable anger are your loved ones. One way to express anger is to take it out on people close to you. Your co-workers might not notice that something is wrong with you, but your spouse, your children, your siblings, and your parents will. You might end up hurting them physically and verbally. Before abuse happens, you should seek help if you think your anger is turning you into a mindless raging monster.

Seeking Medical Help
The cause of your chronic anger might stem from medical conditions that need attention such as high total cholesterol in your blood, sugar imbalance caused by diabetes, hyperthyroidism that affects your metabolism, and depression. Some people also become moody when they are taking prescribed medication like sleeping tablets.

Avoid Getting Angry
You could also start by helping yourself avoid situations that make you angry, try breathing and relaxing exercises when you feel you’re about to burst, and surround yourself with good music and relaxing things. Lastly, you will need professional help to manage your anger. You’re not the only one suffering from chronic anger. There are anger management counselors and group support that can help you become better.