Highly Sensitive People (HSP's) make up about 15-20% of the population. It is not a condition, a disorder, or a diagnosis but it can present challenges but it also likely means you have some special gifts! Take the quiz to find if you or your child fits the bill.
Take the HSP QUIZ HERE!
+It is innate. In fact, biologists have found it in over 100 species (and probably there are many more) from fruit flies, birds, and fish to dogs, cats, horses, and primates. Remember, It is not a condition, a disorder or a diagnosis-- it is an indication your brain and nervous system functions in a very specific way that has it's advantages and disadvantages. (Like every aspect of ourselves).
+This "trait" is not a new discovery but has been widely misunderstood. Because HSP's prefer to "look" before entering new situations, they are often pegged as shy, timid, inhibited, fearful, and/or neurotic but those traits are learned, not innate. In fact, 30% of HSP's are extroverts.
+HSP's process everything deeply, experience emotions intensely, and have strong empathy toward others. They are also typically highly intuitive because they are more aware than others of subtleties and senses and see more because they notice more.
+You are deep and highly reflective at a neurological level.
+You are more easily overwhelmed. If you notice everything, you are naturally going to be overstimulated when things are too intense, complex, chaotic, or novel, for long periods of time.
+Sensitivity is valued differently in different cultures. In cultures where it is not valued, HSP's tend to have low self-esteem. They are told "don't be so sensitive" and they begin to feel abnormal.
If you are a HSP, here are a few things you can do to better manage:
1. Honor your need to withdraw and recharge.
2. Go outside every day. Connect with the grounding energy of the earth. Take your shoes off to take it to the next level.
3. Body awareness. When experiencing intense emotion or sensation, stay with the sensation. Don't judge it, avoid it, stuff it, or resist it. It will pass.
4. Make essential oils your best friend. Diffuse oils like Frankincense, Blue Chamomile and Spruce, in your kitchen, in your bedroom, at your office, to help ground your energy. Apply a drop of Tea Tree or Juniper Berry to the top of your head to help protect you from taking on other people's energy.
5. Create a daily ritual to protect your energy. As you begin your day, with the clear intention, visualize some sort of energetic protection surrounding you, only allowing frequencies into your energy field that areor your highest good. This can be a bubble of energy, a white light, a suit of armor, a band of angels, or an energetic force field full of love and light. Imagine that this shield has the same power as putting on your seat belt in the car; it keeps you safe from "energetic injury". I recommend listening to Episode: "Armor of Light" of my June Edition podcast. I share more on the technique I use, every day, to protect my highly empathic children and myself.
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