Let's Talk about Vulnerability

"Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage." according to Dr. Brene Brown. I have been interested in vulnerability for some time and how allowing it can change our lives for the better. Why is vulnerability so important and why is it so scary to show our vulnerability to other people?

Vulnerability is a vital part of experiencing feelings of connection and a feeling of connection is one of the deepest human needs. If we keep ourselves protected by not opening up and sharing our inner experiences, we cannot get to know someone truly, deeply and intimately. Good things can only happen when we take down our walls. Sure, bad things can happen as well and there is the risk of disappointment or rejection.

But the thought that if you don't open up, you cannot get hurt is wrong. Why? You are hurting yourself by not allowing yourself to live and experience life to its full extent. Vulnerability researcher Dr. Brene Brown says that you cannot selectively numb emotions. We would like to avoid or numb out the "bad" emotions like shame, grief and fear, but we cannot do so without also numbing ourselves to emotions like joy and happiness and connection. This means we have to feel and experience the scary ones in order to fully experience the good ones.

If you want to learn more about "The Power of Vulnerability" I can highly recommend to watch Dr. Brown's TED Talk. You might want to practice showing your inner self by sharing something that makes you feel vulnerable today....

Posted on March 25, 2017 and filed under Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy Melbourne.

Teach yourself how to trigger a relaxation response with this simple technique

Wouldn't it be great if you could control your physical symptoms whenever you feel stress or anxiety? Our bodies react with the fight and flight response to something perceived as threatening or dangerous. Quite often we have learned this response over time to stimuli which are not actually dangerous like being afraid of going on a plane, worrying unnecessarily about future events that have not happened yet or all kinds of other more or less irrational fears. Some of the physical symptoms associated with the fight and flight response are:

  • a racing heart
  • sweaty palms
  • adrenaline rush
  • digestion/bladder issues
  • hyperventilation 
  • tingling

Today I would like to share this short audio with you so you can teach yourself controlled muscle relaxation. This exercise is called Progressive Muscle Relaxation - I recommend to do it at least once a day for two weeks and then as often as you like. You will get better at it and it is quite enjoyable for most people to take this time out of their day and focus on their mental and physical wellbeing in this way. 

The controlled tensing and relaxing of the muscle will be something that will be helpful for you in times of stress or fear!

I hope you enjoy my recording.

Nina

Posted on December 8, 2016 .

Five Ways How Parents Can Support Their Teens Through Adolescence

Most parents are worried about their teens mental health during that challenging period of their lives. The new challenges of social media, the desire to fit in, and making bad choices leave a lot of parents feeling helpless and confused.

Scientists who have studied teen depression have some good advice on how to have a better understanding of what’s going on inside teenagers’ heads and how to prevent teen depression.

Posted on June 20, 2016 and filed under Hypnotherapy Melbourne.

How to find the Best Hypnotherapist in Melbourne

How to find the best hypnotherapist in Melbourne. Which questions should you ask, where can you find information and how can you know the therapist is qualified? Make sure that you know what you want to get out of therapy before you start so you can ask the right questions to find the right therapist for you. My main advise after doing all your research is to trust your gut feeling!

Am I really hungry?

Am I really hungry? Quite often we consume food mindlessly, out of habit and without paying attention to what we are eating. Mindful eating can help us become aware of our triggers, underlying thoughts and emotions and can help us make better, healthier choices and change our eating patterns long-term. Read more about how mindful eating can help you achieve the changes that you want.

Posted on April 20, 2016 .