So, you just learned that you are highly sensitive. (If you haven’t taken the quiz and want to, click here.)
For some, this is no surprise.
For me, it was a shock. I am an entrepreneur. I run marathons, have backpacked to 35 countries and grew up in hyper-competitive schools and corporate settings starting at age 4.
I can’t be sensitive.
Yet I am a 22 out of 27. Classic.
According to Dr. Aaron, sensitive people are very conscientious and gifted with great intelligence, intuition and imagination, but they operate differently that the dominant “warrior” personality type. Historically they have been the visionaries, healers and creatives.
When I think about it, begin sensitive has helped me in so many ways. Being too sensitive to settle for “good enough” gave me the courage to become an entrepreneur. Being able to sense where people are allows me to guide them on a much deeper level. A strong spiritual core gives me the gratitude and trust to continually evolve.
Here is my Highly Sensitive Person’s Guide to Joy:
#1. Give up “Doing it All” and Be What You Are
Trying to do it all is counterproductive. Start from your core – who are you? Are you a Visionary, Creative, Healer, Lover? What do you want to create today?
To protect yourself from getting roped into doing it all, plan each day from a high level every morning. List the 1 or 2 Big Rocks that must be done that day on a Post-it to keep you focused.
#2. Trust Your Intuition
You have much stronger intuition than most. And it is usually right on. Listen to the little voice. Follow you heart, it will never steer you wrong. It will either steer you to the right thing, or to the lesson that helps you evolve.
#3. Ditch “Just Get Over It” and Accept Your Feelings
Ever tried to push away your anger or inner critic? What happens? It gets stronger, or comes back later.
The trick is to accept and acknowledge your feelings. There is a good reason for them. In accepting them, they soften. From this calm wisdom, you can see what caused them and what you need to do to resolve them.
#4. Routine Care & Mediation
Put your oxygen mask on first. Create a routine of regular care and mediation so you function in your optimal state.
#5. Eat Well: Swap Coffee & Sugar for Vegetables and Omega 3s
Caffeine and sugar can produce anxiety, reactiveness and make you tired. Instead, eat foods that give you balance, like wild caught salmon, walnuts and green leafy vegetables.
I want to hear from you! What are your top strategies to manage your sensitivity? Please share below 🙂