Are you neurotic to grieve losses in advance?

Are you neurotic to grieve losses in advance?

If you grieve losses in advance, you are not alone—or neurotic. Rather, you are experiencing an aspect of your highly sensitive trait. I feel the poignant sadness that arises at this time each year as the weather gets cooler and my dahlias wither away. I’ve... Read more
An HSP coping with a crisis

An HSP coping with a crisis

Here are my reflections on what it was like for me as an HSP coping with a crisis that occurred in our family in the past two weeks.  Three weeks ago, my dad fell and broke two ribs. He had fallen 20 times in the month before that, but miraculously had not been... Read more
Why your HSP creativity is a double-edged sword

Why your HSP creativity is a double-edged sword

Learning how to manage your HSP creativity is a lifetime project, because your life itself is an ongoing act of creation. If you are a new reader of this newsletter, this might be the first time you’ve heard me wax poetic about dahlias. It won’t be the last, though. I... Read more
How to reverse the anxiety spiral

How to reverse the anxiety spiral

How can you reverse the anxiety spiral? Understanding the power of the maelstrom can help you find your way back to calmer waters. This updated post was first published on June 18, 2019. I was not cut out to be a deep-sea diver. As a child I was unnerved by the mere... Read more
Why am I so hyperaware of my body?

Why am I so hyperaware of my body?

When I was younger, I thought being hyperaware of my body was just an unpleasant part of being alive. Thank goodness I was wrong.  I first experienced being hyperaware of my body during my junior year of college. That was a notable year. For the first time ever, I had... Read more
“How often should I do my inner work?”

“How often should I do my inner work?”

Have you ever wondered, “How often should I do my inner work?” Some kind of daily check-in and processing is essential for HSPs, but what matters even more is your intent. This year we signed up for a wonderful locally-owned composting service. Every two weeks, they... Read more
I act like a space cadet sometimes. Here’s why.

I act like a space cadet sometimes. Here’s why.

My nearest and dearest would be the first to tell you I act like a space cadet sometimes. I can’t blame it all on my HSP trait, but certain aspects of high sensitivity definitely contribute. I’ve pulled off an impressive range of space-outs in my day. Some were... Read more