Cara Dinley: Building Resilience in Chronic Trauma Through Self-Regulation | Bouncing Back #5

In this episode, host Tia Harmer is joined by Cara Dinley, a movement and body voice specialist, with Masters of Directing for Performance.

Self-regulation is the ability to understand feelings and thoughts. In this podcast episode, you will learn more about self-regulation and how this supports resilience.

Meet Cara Dinley

Cara Dinley is a movement and body voice specialist, graduating from the University of Melbourne with First Class Honors in a Masters of Directing for Performance. Also, she gained certification in Havening Techniques from the Psychosensory Academy, UK.

For the last 20 years, Cara has been using mind-body modalities to help clients, one-on-one and in groups, to develop the relationship between their bodies and minds.

About the episode

In this podcast episode hosted by Tia Harmer, Cara discussed what self-regulation is. She stated that the most important part of self-regulation is being aware of the mind-body system in response to one specific emotion. She said that a person should notice the slightest change in his mind-body system, such as when the heart beats faster, the body temperature increases, and many more. And if you can be aware of that, the next thing you should do is move forward into any activities, places, or environments that will help you relax.

Cara also recommended using the “Havening Technique,” which is based on the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), where you tap every part of your body, such as your face, shoulder, etc., slowly and gently.

Additionally, Cara shared some other practices that helped her self-regulate, including meditation, exercising gently, having a sleep schedule, taking care of light exposure, and being aware of how much she uses the screen within a day. And for people experiencing chronic trauma, she recommended consulting with a certified practitioner first to know what approach should be taken first.

In conclusion

There are many ways to self-regulate; one is to be aware of your mind. Being aware helps you take the time to think things through.

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