Exaggerating is a great way to convey the intensity of emotion we have around a specific idea, event, or situation. When we are excited about something, good or bad, and we really, REALLY want others to know how intensely excited we are, it is common to “embellish” the facts. And if we tell our story a little louder, or softer than usual, people pay attention.
So where’s the problem? Well, taking into consideration that our bodies respond to our thoughts and emotions, even when they don’t reflect the truth, you can see where you may be causing undue hardship on your physiology by exaggerating.
Think about the times you’ve been watching TV and tears came to your eyes, or maybe you recognize the signs of anxiety and stress when you get all wrapped up in a book you’re reading about violence. Our bodies respond to what we are thinking about.
If you have a work situation that is bothering you and you are complaining about it, and exaggerating the facts, your body will respond to the intensity of what you are saying, and you can actually make yourself sick. If you really feel the need to vent about problems at work, or home, or anywhere, think about the words you’re saying as you vent. And more importantly, think about how YOU feel when you’re telling your story. You may find that most of your stories are better left untold.
Learning to stay in the present moment and focusing on what “is” instead of what was or what should be, is more than just a good idea. It’s CRITICAL to your well-being!