HSPs: we can sense the subtle
Here are a few phrases which make my heart break a little when I hear them said about the trait of high sensitivity:
“I was diagnosed as highly sensitive a few months ago.”
“Yes, I have the condition too.”
“I try to manage my high sensitivity.”
I feel like crying out “no, NO, NOOOOO!!!!” whenever I hear words like this. And then enveloping the speaker in a big hug.
Why? Because it’s a sign that the person has internalized the idea that being “sensitive” means there’s something wrong with them.
And there’s not.
There really isn’t.
highly sensitives… you might well be feeling a bit odd and off-kilter this week – what with the change in season and the full moon yesterday!
I know that, as much as I love it, in early autumn I can feel a bit discombobulated – happy and joyful one minute, bone-tired the next…
If you’re feeling it too then, like me, you’ll benefit from daily GROUNDING – to feel rooted, safe and still.
Try this – it only takes a few minutes.
I’m on a mission. To raise awareness of the trait of high sensitivity. To empower and inspire highly sensitive people.
15-20% of the population has a nervous system which is more finely tuned to the environment & stimuli. Amongst other things we tend to be very aware of the subtleties in the environment; we pick up on other people’s moods; we need quiet-time on very busy days.
There’s nothing wrong with HSPs. It’s not a syndrome or a condition to be cured or managed.
The way I see it, some people have brown hair others blond. Some people have blue eyes, others brown. Some people have a highly sensitive nervous system, others don’t.
But because we live in a noisy, over-stimulating world we HSPs often feel anxious and stressed and overwhelmed because our nervous system reaches saturation point long before non-HSPs.
So I’m on a mission to help HSPs take care of themselves in order to thrive.
I’m Stella. I don’t usually like labels, but I fully claim this one: I’m a highly sensitive introvert.
I love quiet. I l need time alone. The noisy, busy world drains me.
I notice the details of what’s around me.
I pick up on other people’s moods and energy and vibes – and oftentimes to such an extent that they change
I love to listen to the birds, and to gaze at the clouds floating across the sky.
My heart fills to bursting when I see a beautiful sunset or sunrise.
I can stare at flowers for ages.
My exercise of choice is slow, graceful, gentle yoga. And I love it because yoga offers a philosophy for living and a spiritual practice to connect to my soul wisdom and a sense of the ineffable.
I love to meditate (even though my crazy busy mind likes to pretend otherwise!).
Above all I appreciate all things that bring me inner peace, stillness and joy.
I’m a highly sensitive person.
I love peace and quiet. I love to sit and think and feel and day dream.
I’m easily over-whelmed my noise and bright lights and being around a lot of people I don’t know so I tend to avoid large gatherings or come across as quiet and reserved when I’m in them.
I also have a very busy mind which notices all that’s going on around me and is aware of the permutations of a course of action even before I take the first step! And I have a vivid imagination.
I need my time alone each day – and if I don’t get it I wind up anxious, drained and utterly exhausted.
So, what’s wrong with me? …Absolutely
I am sensitive.
This craving for quiet is an innate characteristic. It’s about how my nervous system works.
About 15-20% of the population have a nervous system which is more sensitive to their surroundings and stimuli.
I’m what’s termed a
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