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Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

Yoga for trauma and anxiety

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Following lots of requests for some more yoga fun as well as well as continuing emails about mental health, anxiety, trauma, and PTSD. So, I thought that this week I would combine the two together to help us add more tools to our toolboxes to take our mental health in hand.

Sometimes we do not want to it cannot talk about our trauma or crippling anxieties and it can really deeply affect our lives and our wellbeing.

Using our bodies to get that fabulous serotonin and gorgeous dopamine surging to our brains; to expand and deepen our breathing, is not only doing our bodies good but also helping us to express, release and regulate those darker feelings.

In this week’s video I show some directly trauma related poses and how to weave them into genes and stories to engage the younger person or someone who finds it hard to sit still. I hope you have as much fun with this as I did!!

See you next week,

Sending you all happy thoughts,

Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING! It is happy hormones party time! , by Giuliana Wheater

Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING! It is happy hormones party time!

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

For quite some time now I have been literally inundated day and night with messages and emails from people who are so stressed and so anxious that it is making them ill, making many young people self-harm and even causing suicidal thoughts.

Some schools choosing to make their students undertake mock exams when they have missed so much of their education at a time when things are still so uncertain and challenging, and we are constantly transitioning, is causing a huge percentage of our young people to be continually somewhere on that horrible scale of flight or fight, worrying about their results and feeling under enormous pressure about their futures.

Please PLEASE remember that YOU are in charge of your mental health and what happens inside your brains. That is a neuroscientific FACT!

So do not feel helpless or isolated with any dark thoughts. There ARE techniques you can use to lower your heart rate and blood pressure , which soar when we are stressed , techniques to help you breathe more deeply to prevent going into a panic attack, as well as techniques to get that all important neurotransmitter Dopamine SURGING up the vague nerve from the gut and straight into your brains , making you feel on top of the world , able to cope and function , concentrate , focus , pay attention and feel motivated .

Do not forget too that 90% of our Serotonin, the neurotransmitter of happiness, confidence and self-esteem is produced in the gut. So, working on the neck is s fabulous way to get some of that fabulousness up to the brain!!

In this week’s YouTube video, I demonstrate some gentle and discreet massage techniques which you can self-administer anywhere and at any time to keep you on top of your mental health.

So, try hard to look on the bright side and remember that even though you cannot change some external situations, people, or events, YOU are in control of how you process that, how you get through, your reactions to those things and above all your outlook. This will really and truly help you to build resilience which is the key enemy of stress.

So, take charge, look after yourselves and look after each other.

Love,

Giuliana

Wellbeing Ambassador Anna Kennedy Online

Author, advocate & multi award winning therapist.

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

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Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING ! It’s happy hormones party time !
Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING ! It’s happy hormones party time !
Neck massage to give Stress and Anxiety a good BASHING ! It’s happy hormones party time !
Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

Taking Your Anxiety in Hand, by Giuliana Wheater

Taking Your Anxiety in Hand 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Firstly, my apologies for being away last week. The young lad who I talked about who was being severely bullied and was in hospital on a drip, sadly pulled his drip out for the last time, slipped into a coma, and passed away.

I have received the worrying news that my two older boys who live in Cornwall have contracted Covid and are extremely unwell.

So, today’s article and video are coming from an even more passionate place than usual!

Whether you are being bullied, undergoing mental health challenges or illness, or are having to do exams after missing most of your hands on education, this week I talk about and demonstrate in my YouTube video how to literally take your anxiety in hand.

Did you know that 80% of what we worry about never happens?

12% of what we worry about we cannot do anything about?

So, what can we do about the remaining 8%?

TAKE IT INTO OUR OWN HANDS!

Drawing around your hand is immediately mindful and extremely grounding, feeling the edges of yourself and almost coming back into your body. When we are anxious or scared, we are up in our heads and sometimes even feel out of our bodies, so this really does help!

Do not forget too that while you trade around your fingers, you are gently stimulating each digit to create enormous neurological benefits.

The thumb is all about tress & tension.

The first finger is about fear.

The middle finger is about frustration & anger.

The fourth or ring finger is about relationships, friendships & grief.

The little finger is to do with the heart, how we feel about our worth & our self-esteem.

Inside the hand write what is INSIDE your control – this vital 8% where you get a say! So, things like your outlook, your reactions, your thoughts, your own behaviour, a safe adult you can speak to, etc.

Outside of your hand write all the things out of your control, things like bullies, exams, your mum working long hours or your dad shouting all the time.

It really helps!! I promise!

For younger children you can make it even more visual by cutting out wiggly worry worms from coloured paper and either burying them or putting them away in a worry worms’ box with the lid screwed tightly on. It is powerful stuff and mindful too!

Do not let anyone define you.

Do not let worries, dear and anxiety dominate your life.

Take charge and after a little time you will begin to notice not only the difference in your outlook, but you will be building new, positive neurological pathways and shrinking the grey matter around your fear centre or emotional brain.

It is fun but it is science!

See you next week.

Take care of each other.

Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Taking Your Anxiety in Hand
Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

NO to Bullying – YOU define YOU, by Giuliana Wheater

NO to Bullying – YOU define YOU 

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

I am writing to you all this week because more recently I have literally been inundated with emails and messages about bullying. Many of these stories have broken my heart and one in particular over the weekend had me in tears.

A certain little lad in America has been so badly bullied that he has become terrifyingly anorexic to the point that he is in a Hospital for Sick Children.

He has missed years of school and yet the bullies still continue to torture him by sharing memes of him which they call “Stick Man”.

This little boy now continually tries to pull out the drip that is the only thing keeping him alive.

I have tracked him down and am gifting him weekly Zoom sessions with me because I cannot stand by and watch another beautiful light go out.

Key to all this is that bullies, whether they be at home, school or the workplace are acting OUTSIDE of the law.

They will also have their own back stories … why are they bullies in the first place?

Yes, we need to act within the law and remind those who break it that it is not ok, and they need to be stopped … but fear of retribution will often prevent victims from speaking up.

Meeting aggression with aggression does not always work.

The bullies themselves need to do work on themselves as well as the victims. Or the cycle will just keep repeating and will become more vicious.

So, in today’s YouTube video I have shared some more ways to build POSITIVE NEUROLOGICAL PATHWAYS inside your brains and how to shrink the grey matter around the fear centre of the brain and grow it around your higher brain functions which are things like perspective, good judgment, seeing consequences and gaining focus.

What I have shared today also boosts ALL of your happy and coping neurotransmitters by employing Positive Growth Mindset activities and mindfulness.

Here are a couple of laws which you might also find useful if you are faced with a school that is turning a blind eye to bullying.

  • The Anti Bullying Act of 2013 “All elementary and secondary schools shall provide students and their parents/carers with a copy of the anti-bullying policies being adopted by the school.
  • Republic Act No 10627: An Act requiring ALL secondary and elemental schools to adopt policies to PREVENT and ADDRESS the acts of bullying in their institution.

Right now, as you are reading these 160,000 kids a day skip school to avoid bullies.

And teens aged 13-17 are all bullied ONLINE at some point.

BULLYING HAS A PROVEN LIFELONG IMPACT.

So, take all that muck the bullies try to fill you with about yourself and turn that muck to compost.

YOU define YOU and you will RISE!!!!

Please check out some of my other videos on other methods you can use to make this happen. There is so much you can do to take back charge of beautiful, strong YOU!!!!

See you next week,

Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Well-being Charity Ambassador for Anna Kennedy Online Learning Destination with the Children’s University

Centre of Excellence

Multi award winning therapist

Author, advocate, public speaker

NO to Bullying - YOU define YOU

Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

Touch for Bullying and Anxiety by Giuliana Wheater

Touch for Bullying and Anxiety

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Therapeutic touch and massage to MASSIVELY alleviate anxiety and stress.

The tips shared in this week’s video can be shared between friends and family, as part of your therapies if you are a registered therapist or as tools to self-administer and get your inner red carpets strong and flowing again!

It is all about Empowerment!!

Take your worries in hand – LITERALLY – and fill your bodies and brains with the four main happy hormones and coping chemicals to stay on top of what is going on in your life.

The simple power of touch not only boosts physical immunity – but emotional and mental intelligence and RESILIENCE!!

Touch also fills you again with the self-esteem and confidence you may be depleted in, as well as bringing clarity of thought, good judgment, and the deep nurture and repair your physical bodies and inner selves so badly need.

You have got this!!

There are so many ways to process and grow through whatever it is you are experiencing.

It will not last forever and remember that even when you do not feel like talking about it, you can always literally take the upper hand.

See you next week! Big hugs (now we are allowed them – hooray !!) Giuliana 
https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

Touch for Bullying and Anxiety
Touch for Bullying and Anxiety
Touch for Bullying and Anxiety
Yoga for trauma and anxiety, by Giuliana Wheater

BULLYING: How to take control by using our SUPERPOWERS! by Giuliana Wheater

BULLYING: How to take control by using our SUPERPOWERS!

An article by our Well-being Ambassador Giuliana Wheater and her video!

Bullying is never acceptable whether it is emotional, mental, psychological, or physical.

Feeling sad, hurt, frightened, squashed, bewildered or angry are all part of the feelings you may be experiencing if you are being bullied.

It can have a long-lasting influence well into adulthood … so let us turn that into a POSITIVE impact!!

If a child or young adult is finding it hard to talk about, you can make games using superhero yoga poses, superpower breathwork techniques and powerful touch.

We have everything we need inside of us!!

I have enclosed some ideas and photos which you can just download and print, to accompany this week’s video and you can even look on the internet for downloadable yoga and breathing exercises.

Then it is Playtime!!!!!

And often with hilarious results!!

Encourage your child to rename their favourite techniques so that they can express what they feel and what they would like to do their bullies so that they can process and manage their emotions and responses.

Even if they are angry things, that is good … it is ok to be angry – and turn it into laughter.

You will find that your young person will naturally open and begin to talk, within you even needing to probe or question. It puts them in charge which in itself is incredibly empowering and floods them with serotonin and oxytocin.

Even if they do not talk at first, or are non-verbal, the happy hormones and coping chemicals will be partying around their bodies and brains and working through those negative emotions.

It is so empowering and even laughter will immediately increase the serotonin (the neurotransmitter of SELF ESTEEM, CONFIDENCE & HAPPINESS) by 16%!!!!

How amazing is that??!!

You might think that I am a bit of a crazy lady at times, but laughter has got me through so much in my own extraordinary life and there are some incredibly powerful, neuroscientific things happening ALL THE TIME when you “work” in this way.

I absolutely LOVE my job! ❤️?‍♂️

See you next week, take care everyone! Giuliana

https://www.therapiesforspecialneeds.co.uk/

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