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By ThinkThru-TalkThru
At ThinkThru-TalkThru we believe each one of us has the power to take charge of our own lives, to choose agency and develop our potential.

We recognise that this path is not necessarily going to be an easy one. It requires some commitment and action on our part. We will go through some tough terrain, some real life challenges.
It needs energy and dedication to keep going even when it gets tough.

In our experience, spending time with others, talking and thinking through situations and possible solutions together, is helpful in increasing our own creative energy in how we face our challenges
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The different types of grief and loss
Many losses have been experienced in the last year and a half. When they accumulate without intervention they can cause what is called compound grief. We need to explore ways of giving grief some space for expression now so that it does not take over our lives later.
October 27, 2021
Everyday Self-Care during the pandemic
What can #selfcare look like when the world is in crisis and there are so many losses? If you would like to explore changing old habits and developing your own daily rhythm that includes self-care and supports you in times of stress, join us on 9 October in Magaliesburg for our Stress Management Getaway.
September 30, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 11
When we started this series almost 2 weeks ago, we did not expect the #anxiety levels in our country to escalate as they have. As we use these exercises to regulate our autonomic nervous systems, we are able to access areas in our brain that we need in times of crisis to #makebetterdecisions. In video 11 of our #relaxinseconds series we invite you to do a condensed version of Jacobson's #progressiverelaxation in less than a minute. If you missed any of our earlier #relaxinseconds videos, use the hashtag to find them, and see which other quick methods to #regulateyournervoussystem work for you. For more information on our Control your anxiety course this Saturday: #thinkthrutalkthru
August 10, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 9
In number 9 in our series on Relaxing in seconds we activate our #proprioceptors in standing. Proprioceptors are in your joints and give you a sense of where you are in space. Activating this sense can be useful to bring you back into the here and now when anxious thoughts are running away with you. Our online "Control your anxiety course" starts 17 July 10.00 - 12.00. More details here: #proprioceptive #proprioceptiveinput #regulateyournervoussystem #relaxinseconds #thinkthrutalkthru
July 14, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 8
In number 8 in our series #relaxinseconds we activate our sense of #proprioception. #Proprioceptors are in your joints and give you a sense of where you are in space. Activating this sense can be useful to bring you back into the #hereandnow now when #anxiousthoughts are running away with you. Our online "Control your anxiety course" starts 17 July 10.00 - 12.00. More details here: #regulateyournervoussystem #thinkthrutalkthru #anxietyisreal
July 13, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 10
Number 10 in our series #relaxinseconds: Can you feel the tension in your shoulders? Spend less than a minute doing these exercises to help release the tension in those muscles. Try do this at intervals throughout the day for the greatest benefit. #relaxinseconds #thinkthrutalkthru #shouldertension #relaxyourmuscles
July 13, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 7
I remember this from my OT studies, which I admit is many years ago. In the meantime there is a lot of information about the role of the #vagusnerves in #RegulatingYourAutonomicNervousSystem. I found the ideas in the document at this link worth exploring. If you are ready to spend more time on controlling your #anxiety, sign up for our course starting on Saturday 17 July.
July 13, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 6
#Deeppressure has been shown to help #RegulateAutonomicYourNervousSystem, decrease the #stress hormone #cortisol and increase the production of #serotonin and #dopamine, the so-called happy hormones. Everyone is different, so experiment with the length of time you use this method for, and see what works for you. Perhaps you can curl up under a heavy blanket while you are taking a break with a relaxing movie, series, podcast or book? If you would like to check out the videos of these methods, have a look at our Instagram and Facebook posts and let us know which method works best for you by using #relaxinseconds!  This series is part of the preparation for our "Control your anxiety course" starting 17 July...
July 11, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 5
Join us in this fifth method of #relaxing in seconds in our preparation for our course starting Saturday 17 July at 10 a.m. Trust your skeleton to do the work as you scan the muscles in your body from head to toe. Try develop an awareness of where #tension usually sits in your body. Maybe you can focus more on that area with one of the other exercises? Let us know which method works best for you by using #relaxinseconds! Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook or email For more information about our "Control your anxiety course" use the link
July 11, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 4
Here is the fourth in the series on how to #relaxinseconds as preparation for our controlling #anxiety course starting on 17 July. More details here: When you first try and #relax a muscle group it can be helpful to tense it first. If you are not sure about how to relax your pelvic floor, try squeezing your muscles to stop an imaginary flow of urine or passing of wind, then relax. This works for many men and women, but it may take some practice.
July 10, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 3
This is the third in our series of tips on how to #relaxinseconds, as preparation for the "Control your anxiety course" starting 17 July... If you tend to carry #tension in your jaw and facial muscles, or you know that you grind your teeth at night, give this a try and let us know if it works for you... To check out practicing peripheral vision and diaphragmatic breathing listen to our previous posts.
July 10, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 2
In a 2017 study, #diaphragmaticbreathing (sometimes also called tummy breathing)  was shown to reduce the #stresshormone, #cortisol. You can do this at intervals throughout the day for about a minute whenever you sit down. Over the next few days, build up to a few minutes when you have the opportunity. We would love to know which relaxation method works best for you - use #relaxinseconds when you connect with us on Instagram, Facebook or email The "Relax in seconds" series is part of the preparation for the "Control your anxiety course" starting 17 July...
July 10, 2021
Relax in seconds?!? 1
With the third wave of Covid-19 on the rise in South Africa, especially in Gauteng, our #anxiety is probably on a similar wave. Our body's experience of anxiety feels very similar to some of the symptoms of covid - more anxiety! We know we need to #relax our bodies to function better, or to give ourselves a chance to heal - but who has the time?! Over the next few days we will post some tips on how to relax in seconds. Listen daily to explore different methods...and let us know which method works best for you by sending us a message or using #relaxinseconds. Connect with us on Instagram, Facebook or email This series is part of the preparation for our "Control your anxiety course" starting 17 July. For more information:
July 10, 2021
Building towards a friendship with family/siblings (ft Chrissi)
In this episode we explore what friendship can look like with siblings as they get older. We are joined by our guest Chrissi who just happens to be Vera's sister. Chrissi shares her experience and encouragement for those who are keen to work on building a friendship with their family members.
June 09, 2021
What is a Diversity Dialogue
We describe some of the process and methodology involved in these 3 to 4 hour dialogues, where we Pause. Shift. Act.
May 23, 2021
Seasoned Friendships with guest Baby Laas
In this episode we discuss what makes certain friendships last through the years. We chat to Baby Laas on what it takes to keep friendships going
May 13, 2021
What are friendships for?
Should we continue to invest our energy in our friends or are friendships overrated? We start our series on friendships for the month of May. Stay tuned for more guests as we discuss different aspects of friendships in the next few episodes.
May 05, 2021
Decolonizing education through homeschooling with Refiloe Marima
In this episode we chat with Refiloe Marima who made the decision to homeschool her children so that they could have a more cultural schooling experience. Refiloe is passionate about her children knowing their African roots as part of their learning experience. If you would like to join the conversation, we are looking at choosing a curriculum in our "Re-imagining education with homeschooling" session on Saturday 24 April.
April 19, 2021
In relationships and still lonely
Many of us can feel misunderstood, ignored, dismissed even in the most intimate of relationships. In this podcast we explore this difficult issue. How connected and understood are you feeling?
April 14, 2021
What is a think tank?
A short insert about a think tank. How one can benefit from a group coaching session and the process of a think tank. What challenge do you want to address in a think tank?
April 12, 2021
Feeling Overwhelmed and Managing Anxiety
Many of us are living life on auto pilot ignoring what is bubbling inside of us. In this podcast we discuss checking in with yourself to check how you are doing, and how to pick up if you have underlying anxiety. How are you doing? Next course for "Controlling your anxiety" starting on 1 May.
April 07, 2021
Going back to church after the pandemic?
How has the pandemic affected our experience and expectations of church life? How can we use this opportunity to rethink how the church does community? Please share some of your thoughts with us by recording a message (see message button in top right corner on your screen) or commenting on our social media posts...
March 31, 2021
What is life coaching?
Short insert on what is life coaching and how does it differ from mentorship and counselling?
March 27, 2021
All about Homeschooling
Have you been considering homeschooling or are you seeking more support as a homeschooler? We are talking to Vera today and she has over 15 years in homeschooling experience. She gives some insights into her experience and shares some of the offering from tt-tt for homeschoolers.
March 24, 2021
COVID19 Funerals in South Africa
The lockdowns in South Africa created new laws for hosting funerals during the pandemic. This has affected the cultural and rituals people perform as part of their grieving process. We start the conversation in unpacking what that has meant for some.
March 04, 2021
Lets talk Parenting
It is time we started having real honest conversations about Parenting. There is a lot of guilt associated with parenting created by society expectations. Closely followed by shaming. We want to start the conversation and encourage people to get real about their parenting situations. You can join us at our Parenting Think Tank on Tuesday 16 March and be part of the continuing conversation, where we face up to our challenges and support each other. For more details email us at
March 04, 2021
English is not a marker of intelligence
There are 11 official languages in South Africa and some receive more airplay than others. English is the most used and it is time to re-evaluate its importance and give the other languages an opportunity to also flourish in the country.
March 03, 2021