I am a highly sensitive person. You probably noticed that social media only shows what people want you to see. I am hear to break through that barrier and show you the real me. You may not know that I got overwhelmed and burned out just before Christmas. Thanks to scheduling posts and episodes you never noticed. Today I’m sharing some tips on how to help deal with the overwhelm and about being a highly sensitive person.
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In this episode I talk about:
- Overwhelm – how to handle it
- Highly sensitive – what it means
- Super powers – benefits
- What I’m doing to help myself
- Highly sensitive parenting
- Highly sensitive entrepreneur
The overwhelm of being highly sensitive
When you are feeling overwhelmed try to pause and pray. Share your worries with God and get those thoughts out of your mind. Even just speaking them aloud helps to stop the cycle of worry.
Cut out what you can from your schedule so you have a moment to breath. If you have obligations, then perhaps let go of some high expectations you have set for yourself in other areas.
It is okay relax. In fact it is essential. As a highly sensitive person self-care and down time are needed so you can prioritize what lies ahead to move forward.
What does it mean to be highly sensitive?
A highly sensitive person (HSP) is a term for those who are thought to have an increased or deeper central nervous system sensitivity to physical, emotional, or social stimuli.
The highly sensitive person (HSP) has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment. (Dr. Elaine Aron The Highly Sensitive Person)
This can include external stimuli, like your surroundings and the people you’re with, or internal stimuli, like your own thoughts, emotions and realizations. (Highly Sensitive Refuge)
Super powers of highly sensitive people
- Emotional awareness
- Great empathy
- Sense of justice and fairness
- Sees beauty all over
- Appreciates small things
- Notices subtleties
- Deep thinkers
Highly Sensitive Parent
You may notice these things about yourself:
- More attuned to your children’s needs and emotions.
- Take on others emotions easily
- Overwhelmed easily by loud noises
- Feel deeply
- Thrive on routine
- Sensitive to sensory input
- Find you need more frequent breaks and down time
What may help:
- The key challenge is learning to handle the stress and sensory overload that can accompany raising a child
- Simplify your life (environment, schedule, rhythm, clutter)
- Check in with your body often
- Self-care and coping skills are essential
- Find a support network (I’d be honoured to be part of that)
- Don’t take on everyone’s issues
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