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Science Shows How Keeping Secrets Can Damage Your Health

December 05, 2015 2 min read

Could keeping a secret prevent you from shedding pounds? Is it causing damage to your brain or your overall bodily function? New research has shown that those who hide things from others are at a higher risk of developing health problems. An estimated 95% of the female population is keeping something under wraps. keeping a secret health effects The metaphors "a heavy burden" or "a weight on my shoulders" to describe secret-keeping are more literal than once thought. A study by Columbia University found that people who bury a secret deep down have a harder time doing everyday tasks like carrying groceries up a flight of stairs. They get more exhausted, have more pain in their bodies and generally do not have enough energy. Furthermore, their level of the stress hormone, cortisol, is at an all-time high compared to those who are more forthcoming. They experience trouble losing weight because this hormonal imbalance throws their metabolism out of whack. They have been shown to have higher blood pressure than others and this can cause heart problems. [bctt tweet="Science Shows How Keeping Secrets Can Damage Your Health"] They are more likely to develop anxiety, depression and become moody and lonely. Sometimes these behaviours can wedge a gap between their family and friends and hinder their social life. Secret-keeping can be highly isolating.  The best way to stop these health effects from seriously having an impact is to come clean. But this isn't always easy. Find someone you trust with this secret and open up to them. Once you are able to get it off your chest, you can begin revealing it to others. Simply express it without dancing around it or concealing any details. You can even share it anonymously online before doing it in person just to get practice and feel out your comfort zone. What are your thoughts on secret-keeping? Has it ever caused you medical problems? Source: Women's Health [caption id="attachment_122206" align="alignleft" width="100"]@BodyRockTV @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_122205" align="alignleft" width="100"]instagram logo @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]

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