CAN YOU KEEP A SE­CRET?

The bet­ter ques­tion is: Should you?

Women's Health (Malaysia) - - CONTENT - By Kate Sul­li­van

The bur­den of keep­ing a se­cret and what it does to your body. Here’s a quick moral guide on what se­crets to keep un­der wraps and what se­crets you need to speak to some­one about.

We live in a Golden Age of Over­shar­ing, where peo­ple spill ev­ery de­tail of ev­ery day on Face­book, In­sta­gram, Twit­ter and Snapchat.

But this I’m-an-open-book fa­cade is, it­self, a lie. Stud­ies of so­cial me­dia posts find they don’t of­ten re­flect some­one’s true feel­ings. And re­search shows about 95 per­cent of women both with­hold things from loved ones and have lied to some­one close to them.

The prob­lem? Per the lat­est data, keep­ing stuff in­side—even lies we think of as harm­less—can cause anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and a host of bod­ily aches, es­pe­cially if you feel guilty about the de­cep­tion. While hav­ing your con­fi­dences ex­posed—and deal­ing with the af­ter­math—is scary, not do­ing so could be scarier… for your health.

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