BRAIN HEALTH | 5.27.2019 | BY SHILO ZELLER, BSc.
Vulnerability, while terrifying, is an incredibly powerful way to harness connections to those around us. Being our true selves not only encourages self-acceptance, it also gives those those we are interacting with the opportunity and support to do the same. It can be very difficult to shift to speaking from the heart, but the power that lies within honest conversation is so important for human connection. One of the core aspects of the LoveYourBrain yoga and retreat programs is creating a safe space for everyone to be honest and vulnerable.
The power of being vulnerable can also have a healing effect. Vulnerability can lead to a reduction in cortisol, also known as a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol have been linked to brain fog, cognitive difficulties, memory issues, insomnia, and anxiety. By being honest with ourselves and those around us, we are able to get rid of any feelings that may be causing us chronic stress.
If there is a conversation with a loved one you’ve been putting off, whether good or bad, the steps below may help you to get into the right mindset to share your most honest self.
Before you talk, set good intentions. Seek to discover and express whatever it is that will help you or the other person. Be confident and have an idea of what you would like to share. This will stop you from rambling on and will also help you to convey your thoughts more clearly.
Take a breath to settle into your body and recall why this conversation is important
Soften your posture - we tend to tense up when we’re faced with an uncomfortable situation
Stick to the topic and situation. Speaking from the heart can be summed up faster than you may think
Lastly, be sure to create a safe space for the other person to share their thoughts and feelings as well.