Wire yourself happy

Coschem LectureTaryn Harris is a professional life and executive coach and creator of the In-Body workshops and programmes. The Society of Cosmetic Chemists hosted Harris for an energising evening lecture on 13 April.

In-Body uses a combination of integrative, mindful and somatic (mind-body and movement-based) practices that help you feel and process emotions. You become more aware of and able to break free from self-imposed limitations and can more easily adapt to change.

Harris reminded lecture attendees how important it is for them to check in with themselves on a daily basis. We tend to go about life without actually checking if we are okay. Modern lifestyles are filled with so many stress factors and external distractions that our minds are inclined to spend too much time in the negative (red/ fight or flight space) and not enough time in the happy (green space). Stress develops in the mind yet its effects are felt throughout the body. Harris taught us about the dangers of the brain being in the red too long and how cortisol actually kills off areas and can make your IQ drop.

Think happy thoughts

Unhealthy thoughts, habits and feelings can make you feel stuck or blocked. She spoke about the differences of healthy thinking versus unhealthy thinking. By expanding your awareness to include not only how you think but also how you feel and sense, you are able to act from a place of empowerment and embed effective thinking and behaviours. This will help you move into the green zone more effectively and stay there for longer periods.

Make the shift

Humans have three motivational needs: satisfaction; safety and connection. These are the things that tend to make us happy. A 20-second hug produces the most oxytocin out of all physical contact. Once you become more aware of how you feel, think and behave, you can shift your behaviour and thinking, and take actions for desired results.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the lecture and the room was a-buzz with conversation afterwards with people exchanging experiences and thoughts in a hugely positive manner. Send an e-mail to coschem@iafrica.com for more information about the upcoming lectures and seminars hosted by Coschem.

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