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. HSPs often feel emotions more intensely and deeply. 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.
The past six months has been an intentional shift to slow down my life. I left my job, moved to a new city, and started a business – all in the pursuit of a simpler life, more in alignment with my sensitive temperament, my passion, and my values.
This is a guest post by Olivia Knieff, sharing her real-life experience navigating recovery from an eating disorder.
Do you know what in life is important to you? The things that initially come to mind probably include family and friends, pets (or in my case, furbabies), maybe even a prized possession or social cause. But why are those things important? Are they meeting a need that lines up with your values? Maybe you value justice, and volunteer with a group that promotes equality in your community. Perhaps taking risks is important to you, so you continually push the bounds of your comfort zone. Our values serve us by acting as a compass for our behavior. It is important to know what our core values are in order live the lives we want. Continue reading “Finding and Refining Your Values: Taking Recovery to the Next Level”→
Every time I see a magazine showcasing how to “get a bikini body in 4 weeks” or lose weight for summer, I want to burn it. Not just hold a lighter to the edge, but to create a magnificent bonfire of body-shaming magazines and calmly watch them go up in flames.
Does this fantasy seem extreme? Perhaps the imagery is, but the sentiment is not. I am continually outraged how our society, culture, and media tells us only certain types of bodies (generally thin, cis-gender, and white) are allowed to be seen and showcased. Body-shaming media perpetuates the kind of toxicity which breeds low self-esteem, body image issues and disordered eating in our population. Unfortunately, the messages amplify in months leading up to summer. Continue reading “4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer”→
I was having coffee with a friend the other day and the conversation turned to the struggle of body shaming (by others and ourselves) and body acceptance. We talked about the difficulty of loving our bodies in a culture where we are continually bombarded with messages from media, magazines, and movies that tell us our bodies are not acceptable unless they fit in the narrow definition of beauty.
After this conversation with my friend, the topic continued swirling around in my head as I was writing my to-do list for the following day. Among the many chores listed (which, let’s be honest, I only completed half), I wrote down the single task: “Read Body Positive Blogs.”Continue reading “8 Body Positive Blogs You Should Read Right Now”→