A Guide to Becoming More Vulnerable in the Relationships You Value Most

We are all scared to show our vulnerability. Maybe because it reveals a weaker side of us, or because sometimes we try and it backfires. But that doesn’t always need to be the case. Being vulnerable is all about opening up and sharing more about yourself with the people who care, especially in a relationship, where it’s incredibly healthy and beneficial.

What Is Healthy Vulnerability?

Vulnerability is not about being weak. Rather it’s about making a point to open up more about yourself with other people, and in most cases, that requires mental strength. But it’s also easy to think about vulnerability in extremes like crying or screaming. But in reality, being vulnerable can be a lot subtler too, like saying, “Not my best moment,” or “I don’t really know.” You just need to find trusty and receptive people around you.

Being Vulnerable With Your Partner

While applying vulnerability with your significant other, there’s an added catch. The closeness of a relationship makes it easier for the involved parties to both take risks and avoid them. So the paradox here is you gain much but also have more to lose. So, the challenge of being vulnerable with your spouse is to keep open a channel of communication all the time. Instead of a complete shutdown like “I don’t want to talk about it,” go for a more open approach like “I don’t feel comfortable answering that right now.” It’s vulnerable and also honest because it’s real.

How Much Vulnerability Is Too Much?

There’s no universal rule about it. What’s overwhelming to one can be benign to another. All you have to do is pay attention to the other person’s receptivity and find a middle ground accordingly, between talking less and being open. Vulnerability never goes away fully, because every time you’re sharing, you’re going deeper. But at the end of the day, feeling known and accepted is a basic human desire.

Claressa Shields Claims She Would Embarrass Jake Paul in the Ring

Claressa Shields is an American boxer and mixed martial artist with multiple world championships under her belt. She’s recently been in exciting MMA fights in the Professional Fighters League and is to return to the boxing ring in the UK in December. The boxing star claims it would be a form of disrespect for a fighter of her caliber to face off against YouTuber-turned-fighter, Jake Paul.

Claressa Shields Claressa Shields on MMA

In 2021, Claressa Shields made her MMA debut and it was certainly a successful one. It started with a third-round technical knockout against Brittney Elkin that secured Shields her first win. The second fight took place on Wednesday where Shields faced off against Abigail Montes and suffered her first loss. This split decision was made with the judges’ cards showing scores of 29-28, 29-28, and 28-29. The fight was mainly uneventful with Montes mainly remaining on the outside trying to avoid Shields’ boxing and attempting to take the fight to the ground.

Shields Calls Jake Paul a Play-Fighter

Jake Paul

When asked about comments regarding Jake Paul, Shields expressed confusion as to why people think that a man with no professional fighting experience or Olympic wins could have any chance of defeating her. Shields goes on to say that, if faced off against Paul, she would not only defeat but embarrass this YouТuber turned fighter by fighting him with one arm and resorting only to jabs, hooks, and uppercuts. She believes that putting up an accomplished boxer like herself against a play-fighter would be disrespectful.

Preparing for Upcoming Matches

Claressa Shields and her belts

With her MMA fights in 2021 completed, Claressa Shields is preparing for her upcoming boxing matches starting in December. The event will take place in the UK and will be covered by Sky Sports. Shields’ main rival, Savannah Marshall, will be sharing the same bill. What’s certain is that both boxing and MMA fans have a lot to look forward to this season as Shields remains on track with her brilliant and exciting career.