Poem: Your Weirdness Will Make You Stronger by Andrea Balt

“Your weirdness

will make you stronger.

Your dark side

will keep you whole.

Your vulnerability

will connect you to

the rest of our

suffering world.

Your creativity

will set you free.

There’s nothing wrong

with you.”

-Andrea Balt


Embrace your weirdness.
cropped-qm-logo-fb-prof-pic-01Arianna Smith, MA, LPC


How I Survive (And Even Enjoy) The Holidays as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Highly Sensitive Person”, it refers to about 20% of the population that possess a unique sensory processing trait that allows them to pick up more on subtleties in the environment, resulting in deeper processing and often being easily overwhelmed with stimuli. (To learn more, you can visit this website: www.hsperson.com). 
The infamous Santa Bed figurine.  Photo Courtesy of Arianna Smith Counseling LLC.

Does anyone else feel like the world suddenly gets put into fast forward when the holidays start to come around? Come mid-November, I feel I am given a tremendous to-do list of holiday duties that are not even important to me.    

1. Take advantage of Black Friday deals. 2. Find an ugly Christmas Sweater.  3. Watch ‘Love, Actually’ for the 30th time.  4. Learn how to make pumpkin rolls. 5. Realize that it’s now December and it’s too late to make pumpkin rolls. 6. Instead decide to learn how to make peppermint bark.  7. Get sucked into a Netflix abyss and spend the evening eating candy canes on the couch.   

And it goes on.

While I have developed many ways to cope with overwhelm in most circumstances, the holidays can be a time that I run myself ragged.  I find myself inundated with unrealistic expectations of myself and my time.  

Not anymore, my friends.  Here is how I have started to survive and enjoy (yes, actually enjoy) the holidays as an HSP.  And you can, too.      Continue reading “How I Survive (And Even Enjoy) The Holidays as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”