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Hi Friend,
 
I hope you’re finding time for some mindful movement and deep breaths. Today, I’m here with your July 2020 newsletter. This month’s theme: PRIVACY & TRUST
 

Trust in relationships starts from within.


Self-trust is a very real thing, and can amplify your ability to trust others. What might that look like?
  • Work on being more mindful of your body and its movements.
  • Try overcoming problems or obstacles on your own before reaching out for help and listen to your body when it tells you to ask for help – this is where the mindfulness comes in.
    • If you’re someone who often has a hard time asking for help, perhaps try approaching this in the opposite way.
  • Journal, journal, journal
  • Meditate or spend time alone with your own thoughts.
  • Cut back on your social media time.
  • Make a concerted effort to forgive yourself for your mistakes.
  • Say “thank you” to your body and all that it does for you.

Trust in relationships starts from within.


Working on your own self-trust will automatically improve your relationships and the trust you feel in them. However, finding a healthy amount of trust looks different for each relationship.

Communicating openly about your own needs for privacy and trust as well as asking what your partner/friend/family member needs is vital in determining what “healthy” looks like for the two (or more) of you.

Perhaps you might do well to communicate openly about:

  • When you can and can’t do something, rather than agreeing to something you know you can’t take on or that will lead to burnout.
  • Moments when you feel your trust was betrayed or taken advantage of. 
    • It’s likely the other person(s) didn’t realize how they’d hurt you.
  • How you are feeling - both the good and the bad! 
    • But don’t offer this information up with any expectations from your partner, sometimes it’s just important that they know where you’re at.
  • The boundaries that are important to you.
    • This includes what the consequences are for crossing the boundary.
  • Issues as they happen rather than after your frustrations pile up. Failing to do so means you are risking loss of trust further down the line.

Changing technologies can change relationships stresses as well.


Finding a healthy balance of privacy and trust has changed drastically over the years alongside the changing of technologies.

According to Good Therapy staff

Intimate relationships often have their own challenges, and changing technologies can contribute even more to the stress of modern relationships. Sometimes, the ways people use technology can create problems between romantic partners, potentially stirring conflict and dissatisfaction in the relationship.

And while that is definitely true, there are also exciting new ways to explore sex and sexuality thanks to technology. We have sexting, dating apps, sex game apps, audio porn and more!

However, it’s also important to consider your own privacy and trust needs when exploring these technologies. Even over the internet, setting boundaries is important.
 

Writing prompt:
 

Set boundaries and establish self-trust this month. In your journal, write down…
  • 10 things about yourself that you are thankful for
  • 10 things you want to do (no matter how big or small)
    • Then write down how you will do each of those things and who you can turn to when you need support in reaching each goal.
  • 10 relationships you feel have healthy boundaries when it comes to privacy & trust
    • And why?
  • 10 relationships you feel need more healthy boundaries
    • And how you might work on bringing those boundaries to a healthier place.

This voluntary monthly prompt invites you to explore your sexual biography.
Tips on exploring this: Set aside 20 minutes with your phone on silent and relax yourself in a comfortable space with a pen and paper. Go slow. Start with what comes to mind from your first read of the prompt. Continue writing your stream of consciousness.

Mantra of the month


"Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses."

                                            – Charles Baudelaire

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