“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
She is an Accredited Practitioner by The EMDR Association of Australia.
Let’s talk about what trauma and PTSD can look like:
- Re-experiencing: This means memories that keep returning, nightmares, or feeling like the bad event is happening again.
- Avoidance/Numbing: This might show up as trying to stay away from thoughts or feelings about the trauma (using alcohol or drugs), avoiding places or people related to the trauma, not remembering the event well, feeling distant from others, or not being able to feel much.
- Hyper-arousal: This includes being unable to sleep, feeling jumpy or angry, having trouble paying attention, being extra alert, or getting scared easily.
So, can EMDR therapy be helpful?
Many of us have had hard times from when we were kids until we grew up – that’s how life goes. For many people, our brains deal with these challenging times and help us learn from them to make better choices in the future.
But for some folks, these tough times don’t get processed well. When we were kids, we didn’t understand or have the proper support to handle it. As we got older, those tough times kept causing problems, making it hard to enjoy life now.
Feeling anxious, moody, having pain that won’t go away, or struggling with drugs can all be signs of those old issues. They show that our minds haven’t sorted out those hard times, and it feels like they’re still bothering us.
What’s the deal with EMDR?
EMDR therapy isn’t about talking things out like regular therapy. It’s usually quicker than just talking, taking around four to five sessions for more straightforward cases. EMDR targets those tricky memories from tough times and helps your brain work through them to make them less powerful.
So, how does EMDR therapy work?
When something traumatic happens, our brain doesn’t always process the memory right. Traumatic events can trigger our brain’s “fight or flight” response, even when the danger is long gone. And if our brain can’t make sense of what happened, the memory stays jumbled up and keeps coming back, making us feel like it’s happening all over again. Painful feelings, images, and thoughts connected to the trauma might feel stuck in the present.
In EMDR sessions, we work to make these memories hurt less. Over time, EMDR helps us get less bothered by the bad thoughts and feelings connected to those tough times. It’s like taking the power away from those memories so they don’t upset us as much.
Are you exhausted by grief or trauma?
You can do something about it
You can find EMDR Therapy at our private practice in Crows Nest, NSW.
This was written by my daughter when she was about 10 – she has had a number of rat pets and knows her stuff.
Pet rat’s thrive on care and love. They should not be just put in a cage, fed, watered, and never pay attention to. Having said that, not everyone has the time to constantly play with their pet rats. This is why everyone should have a well-suited, comfortable, fun pet rat cage.
If you were thinking about the number of rats to buy, two or more should definitely be an option. Through self-experience I have found that one rat can get very lonely and you will need to give it lots more attention which not everyone has time for.
Note that some rats do start to fight if they are put in a cage that is too small. This is why you must have a large and cosy living space for your rats, a two-story cage is a good size. Consider buying about 2 cubic feet or 0.06 cubic metres per rat when looking at pet rate cages.
You must be careful because it has been shown that cages with balconies and upper levels made of wire can cause bumblefoot (a foot infection from strained feet. I have found that the Super Pet My First Home for Critters is a really good idea because its large and comfortable for your rast, and all upper levels or balconies are made from flat plastic which will not hurt your rats feet as it gets older. It has a good setup.
Super Pet My First Home for Critters is a really good decision because it is one of the pet rat cages that are cheap, an Amazon bestseller and it makes the cleaning process a lot quicker. The wire makes it easier to wipe mess off and you can easily take off the bottom section while you clean the floor of the cage. This way the wire top section can be used as a smaller cage, for your rats to stay in, while the bottom half is being cleaned.
After you have cleaned the floor of the cage with water and some sort of cleaning solution (the cheapest is bicarbonate soda) you can re-bed the cage with kitty litter, newspaper or straw and pop them back in. Then while they are sleeping, sometime in the day, you can quickly wipe down the cage bars with a wet cloth.
As silly as it may sound, having a larger cage size actually makes it a lot easier to clean. Instead of having them enclosed in a small area, while you clean the cage you can have a large area, which makes it less likely for them to be scared when you clean their cage.
With a larger cage the bars are very easy to wipe down because you have a large space to do it and you rat can’t follow you everywhere thinking the cloth is food. Instead it will delight in exploring its newly cleaned cage and making itself comfortable in its cleaner environment.
Pet rat cages should be cleaned at least once a week, but the larger the cage, the longer the time between clean.
Thanks for reading my post – Ellen (11 years old)
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