Outside of obvious jokes, I make it a habit to avoid exaggerations like “I’m starving” or “This is devastating” or “Everyone thinks I’m…”. (Really? Everyone?) Our tendency is to believe our own thoughts, and the over-reactive sensational ones aren’t helpful. It’s unlikely that I have ever actually been starving.
Don’t trick your body into feeling exhausted, freezing, or any other distorted extreme. It’s possible that you just need a nap or a warm coat, and those can be attained without invoking stress hormones and going into crisis mode.
Yet another reminder to be vigilant with your thoughts and words. And to remember…you don’t have to believe everything you think anyways.