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Secrets can negatively impact our mental health and overall well-being. We all keep secrets for different reasons. Some of those reasons may not be bad, while others may be harmful. There tend to be many emotions and motivations lying just underneath the secrets that we choose to keep. If you have come to the point in your life that you have decided you want to keep fewer secrets, then analyzing your secrets could be a practical first step. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind as you begin to work on keeping fewer secrets. 


Acknowledge Your Feelings


When you try to change a behavior, an ideal first step is to analyze and acknowledge your feelings. What are you keeping secret? What are you feeling and experiencing when you keep certain secrets? Do you know why you are choosing to keep secrets? When we can understand and acknowledge our feelings and actions, this understanding can help us change our behaviors and work towards our goals. 


Open up to Loved Ones


Accept help and support from those you trust. Open up about the behavior you want to change. Your loved ones can not only support you and love you but also help you to stay focused. Keeping secrets is an intimate and personal choice that you probably rarely talked about with anyone. It can be hard to open up and talk about something that you have kept so private. However, accepting support and being open about struggles can be an excellent step to take.


Seek Professional Help


If you find yourself struggling to change a behavior, seek out professional help. A mental health professional can help you better understand what you are feeling and experiencing. They will have insight into the skills and tools needed to work through your challenges. 


Secret keeping is a common behavior; we all keep secrets. However, if you have reached a point where you want to change this behavior and begin to keep fewer secrets from those around you, there is help available. Everyone’s mental health is different, and keeping secrets can easily cause anxiety and stress. Here at The Guest House, we utilize a holistic approach to help people just like you face challenges and create goals. We are here to help you. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options and how we can support you at (855) 483-7800.