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HSP Questions: Am I Ruminating or Processing?

What happens when processing turns into rumination?

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person” or “HSP” it refers to about 15-20% of the population who possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity, with about 1 in 5 HSPs who are considered High Sensation Seeking.  Learn more about HSPs here.

If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), you probably pick up on more sensory information than others. You might feel a little extra anxious in crowds or chaotic places.  You notice the subtleties in people’s speech, the details of a room, and the indescribable nuances of language, music, or complex ideas. Continue reading “HSP Questions: Am I Ruminating or Processing?”

5 Reasons Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) Matter to Your Practice

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person” or “HSP” it refers to about 15-20% of the population who possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity, with about 1 in 5 HSPs who are considered High Sensation Seeking.  Learn more about HSPs here.

Whether you are a massage therapist, energy worker, psychiatrist, or herbalist, I guarantee that you have patients who are Highly Sensitive People (HSPs).

They may be aware of their trait and embracing it, aware of their trait and fighting it, or not aware of this trait at all.  

Given Highly Sensitive People only make up about 15-20% of the population, why should you care about them? And why do they matter to your practice? Continue reading “5 Reasons Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) Matter to Your Practice”

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Highly Sensitive People

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person” or “HSP” it refers to about 15-20% of the population which possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity, with about 1 in 5 HSPs who are considered High Sensation Seeking.  Learn more about HSPs here

Most New Year’s Eves, you won’t find me at a bar, a party, or in a crowded plaza watching fireworks.  As midnight approaches, you will find me in a quiet space reflecting on the past year and setting my vision, goals, and intention for the New Year.  This New Year’s Eve was no different, as I was journaling quietly when the clocked turned, contemplating the year ahead. Continue reading “Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Highly Sensitive People”

Part 2: How To Handle 5 Types of Overwhelm as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

You’re overwhelmed. Now what?

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person” or “HSP” it refers to about 20% of the population which possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity. Learn more here

Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) has its joys and struggles.  The joys include being able to feel beauty and joy very deeply, being in tune with the world around you and your loved ones, and having a rich inner world and imagination.  However, the struggles include being easily overwhelmed due to the amount of stimuli you take in.  What’s an HSP to do so that they can capitalize on their strengths and also manage the overwhelm?   Continue reading “Part 2: How To Handle 5 Types of Overwhelm as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”

What Are Your Top 5? A Critical Question For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or empath, your time and energy is a limited and precious resource you have to spend wisely.  This seems obvious, right? Yet, we live in a society that fosters the opposite idea.  We hear the silent chant – do more, be more, never stop – leading us to believe we can do everything if we just “try hard enough” or have “better time management.”

As a Highly Sensitive Person or empath, this message is especially troublesome.  You have to be even more mindful about where your time and energy goes due to your ability to get overwhelmed easily and absorb the sensations (i.e. emotions, energy, etc) around you.  You have much to contribute and give to this world, but if you are not clear about where your greatest gifts lie, or your point of highest contribution, you will spend your days feeling both overwhelmed and dissatisfied with life.   Continue reading “What Are Your Top 5? A Critical Question For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)”

Self-Help Book Review: The Empath’s Survival Guide by Dr. Judith Orloff

“Empaths must become warriors of light. Don’t let the dark scare you.” – Judith Orloff, MD

Editor’s note: No compensation was received for this review.  It comes purely from a desire to help HSPs wade through the literature about their trait.  And, let’s be honest, to justify reading more self-help books.

As you know from my previous book review, I am a self-help book junkie.  I love reading about psychology, personal development, and social issues. Given I work primarily with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) and empaths in my private practice, it made sense to tackle a review of this book and see if it was worth a read for HSPs and empaths. Continue reading “Self-Help Book Review: The Empath’s Survival Guide by Dr. Judith Orloff”

5 Types of Overwhelm You May Experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person” or “HSP” it refers to about 20% of the population which possess a unique sensory processing trait which allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. Most people exist on a spectrum of sensitivity. Learn more here

Whether you have recently discovered you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), or you have known it for years, chances are that managing overwhelming situations is a key component of your wellness and–let’s face it–your survival as a sensitive person.

You get overwhelmed and overstimulated more easily than others.  It’s just a fact about your nervous system.  Planning for, setting boundaries around, or responding to overwhelming situations may be a focal part of your life.  If you are a sensation-seeking HSP, life is often about balancing your desire for exciting or novel experiences, but not letting them completely wreck your delicate nerves. Continue reading “5 Types of Overwhelm You May Experience as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”