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Speak Up for Your Health

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Monday, 28 October 2019 11:58 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Actor Will Rogers wittily asked for less blather and a lot more listening when he said, “Never miss a good chance to shut up.” Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu advocated silence as “a source of great strength.”

But there's a serious downside to stifling the expression of your thoughts and feelings — and the toll it takes isn't only emotional.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh interviewed 306 women and did ultrasound imaging of their carotid arteries. They found that the more frequently women reported being what's called “self-silencing,” the more likely they were to have atherosclerosis in that major artery to the brain.

Carotid plaque is a serious threat. Reduction of blood flow to the brain limits the oxygen essential for healthy brain function, and heavy plaque deposits or pieces that break off can lead to a stroke.

Bottling up your feelings isn't good for anyone — men or women.

If your response to a tough conversation is to shut up and shut down, here are three strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy to help you protect your health:

1. Tune in to how suppressed feelings affect your body. Notice where tension sets up camp.

2. If you don't have a friend or therapist to talk with, write down your thoughts and feelings. Get them out.

3. When communicating your feelings to another person, start the sentence with the phrase “I feel ...” and avoid “You make me feel ...

The bottom line: Having an heart-to-heart will improve your relationship and your heart health.

© King Features Syndicate

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