OMG! Overwhelm!

Does everything just seem too much? So much so that you can not even verbalize WHAT is going on anymore? There is help! Articles that provide perspective and practical tips.

Sensitive people are more susceptible to stress. We are more subtly attuned to the world around us. We pick up more signals, including more signals that something is or may be amiss. We spot issues before non-HSP’s do, we are more sensitive to pain, we need more time to process things. And, we are living in a fast-paced, information dense society. It doesn’t seem ideal. Yet, there are many ways to tweak our life and filter out harsh elements that are upsetting to our sensitive nervous system.

To do that though, we first need to recognize a stress attack when it hits us. For, haven’t we all been conditioned to feel stress as something “normal”?

Constant HSP Overwhelm? 7 Questions to Ask to Get Clarity

March 8, 2015

Overwhelm is pretty much THE most common HSP complaint, and it’s also the fuzziest one. Below are 7 questions to help you pinpoint what is going on, so that getting help or simply addressing the overwhelm on your own is easier.   Question 1: What does overwhelm mean? Does it mean that you cry every […]

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HSP Tip for Calming a Freaked-out Body

May 29, 2014

Having a sensitive nervous system has its perks, and its troubles! Especially when your body animal learned once upon a time to be extra vigilant. Check out the video for a way to calm your senses when your body is going into fight-or-flight mode unnecessarily (and you feel a little crazy for freaking out like […]

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11 Reasons why procrastination may not be the HSP problem you think it is

February 5, 2014

In our market-economy, time is money and getting more things done is often considered of the utmost importance. In this context, procrastination tends to be treated as the evil enemy, how do we beat it? Yet, what if procrastination is not necessarily the problem we assume it is? Let me divert a little to explain […]

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HSP solutions for too much work & too little time

December 7, 2013

In the workplace, this means that we naturally tend to take in and do everything with more attention to detail. As a result, we tend to deliver higher quality work… and we also run out of time more easily. (For an article on running out of time in your private life, see here) Workplaces in […]

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7 Essential Stress Rules for HSP’s

October 27, 2013

Simply put, stress happens when something is “too much”. When is something too much? It depends. Too much for a 1 liter container is less than too much for a 5 liter container. As HSP’s, our inner containers tend to fill up more quickly. This is because we sense the world around us (and inside […]

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Why THE News is Bad News for HSP’s

November 30, 2012

Too often, I get e-mails from HSPs who are overwhelmed with all the negative news out there. They feel powerless, afraid and unfortunately don’t seem to take the one simple home remedy that makes all the difference: if it upsets you, stop watching. Here’s the what and why.   Unfortunately, stress sells. For us HSPs […]

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How Being Present Requires Keeping it Simple (and letting go of the mental extras)

April 30, 2013

Many years ago in a land far, far away (for some of you reading this post that is) I bought a book that enchanted me, and that soothed me, and that, most of the time, I didn’t understand at all. It was called “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” by Shunryu Suzuki. Shunryu often spoke of removing […]

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Sensitivity, Overwhelm and the Dead Horse Phenomenon

March 9, 2013

Don’t kick a dead horse! Yet as HSP’s we may have more dead horses in our life than we realize, and get exhausted from trying to kick them all back to life. More on that in the video.

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Sensitivity and (dis)Empowerment

March 2, 2013

As HSP’s we can get into a really sticky mode of overwhelm. When we’re stuck in a negative environment, and are chronically overwhelmed, we often turn to habits that further disempower us in an attempt to manage stress on a day to day basis. In the video below, I discuss this more fully, plus: why […]

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Getting to the Bottom of Endless Struggle, Sensitivity and Low Self-Esteem

January 11, 2013

We are different, often misunderstood and as long we haven’t learned how to truly care for ourselves, we often experience life as getting in our way somehow, no matter how hard we try. As a result, we may be dealing with several kinds of “endless struggles”. Things we’ve tried to conquer for years and somehow […]

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Safe Space for Sensitives: the prerequisite for change

March 25, 2012

As a sensitive person, it probably takes you longer to get used to new things. There’s just so many subtleties to process! So when you are faced with a lot of newness, having the old and familiar handy can be a life saver. The ugly sweater you never really liked can become a treasure, just […]

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What’s the Problem? From Global Politics to Local Self-Care

August 28, 2011

It is very easy to get caught up in things that seem to be the source of our problems but aren’t really. You know how, when we feel upset, we suddenly notice all kinds of things around us that “suit” that upset perfectly? That is, we’ll suddenly see how much there is to get worked […]

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