In this podcast, Dr. Lourdes Viado and I discuss how to recognize an abusive vs. toxic relationship and how to start the healing process — plus how you might be uniquely impacted from this experience as an Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
If you are recovering from an abusive or toxic relationship, you can feel alone, isolated and broken.
Continue reading “HSPs: Healing from Toxic & Abusive Relationships – [Podcast Interview]”
- It’s not uncommon to blame yourself for the abuse (even though it wasn’t your fault.)
- It’s hard to fully trust your current partner, because of how you’ve been hurt in the past.
- You might find yourself endlessly swiping on online dating app, never allowing yourself to go on dates.
- You might still have flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, or alternate between feelings of powerlessness and rage.
If you’re a Highly Sensitive Person, small accommodations can go a long way in up-leveling your therapy experience.
As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), therapy can be an incredible tool for self-exploration, personal growth, healing past wounds, or bettering your relationships.
You can learn the basic traits of being an HSP. You can learn to finally speak up for yourself. You can learn what to do when you just can’t stop thinking and ruminating about the past. You can learn how being a sensitive child has influenced you today.
Getting dressed in the morning can be overwhelming for Highly Sensitive People. You walk into a jam-packed closet, yet feel like you have nothing to wear. All your favorite outfits are in the wash. Your cozy clothes aren’t “professional” enough for work. You just don’t feel like wearing black (again) today. All your shirts with annoying tags or ill-placed seams are banished to the back of your closet. Continue reading “6 Reasons Why Highly Sensitive People Need A Capsule Wardrobe”
I am not a doctor or psychiatrist offering medical advice. This article should not replace talking with a medical professional.
Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) are wired to be in tune with their environment, the emotions of others, and their inner world. They have the capacity to experience deep joy and savor the subtleties of their experiences. Simultaneously, they have the propensity to be overwhelmed by sensory information, the emotions of others, and the acute suffering of the world. Continue reading “HSP Questions: Is Medication Right For Me?”
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.
Continue reading “4 Reasons Yoga is Ideal 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)”
Are you ready to dive deep?
How do you handle winter?
Winter can be especially hard for highly sensitive people (HSPs). It’s colder, darker, and the holidays and associated travel can add stress, no matter how well you get along with your family. Continue reading “Have A Better Winter: Therapy Group for Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)”
If you are in recovery for an eating disorder, you probably know that it takes constant accountability and support to stay on track. But what if you only attend therapy once or twice a week? How can you be held accountable and receive support in between? Continue reading “The Only App You Need If You Are In Recovery For An Eating Disorder (And It’s Free!)”
It seems that every single appliance we acquire comes with some kind of instruction manual. I would hypothesize that about 97% of these documents are not read and then relegated to a corner of a broom closet or junk drawer. (With this thought, I imagine an alternate universe filled with user manuals for blenders, vacuums, and curling irons, much like the other-dimensional world in Netflix’s “Stranger Things”.)
What if you had a user manual that you actually read?
One that was about:
- Your mental and physical health
- Your maintenance schedule
- What kept you operating in peak condition
- Instructions and trouble shooting for what to do when you started to sputter and stall
Continue reading “The User Manual You’ll Actually Read (and 6 Questions to Help You Write Your Own)”