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...

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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...

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Practices to help HSPs manage stress—and an announcement

Practices to help HSPs manage stress—and an announcement

My work is focused on practices to help HSPs manage stress, so I was delighted when my friend and colleague Andy Mort invited me to talk about those practices in some detail for his podcast, The Gentle Rebel. Today I’m excited to share with you my recent guest...

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Why you should take the HSP self-test again… and how to do it

Why you should take the HSP self-test again… and how to do it

Even if you’ve taken it before, I recommend you take the HSP self-test again—in a specific way. As a tool, it’s not merely diagnostic: it is educational.  If you are reading this, you are probably a highly sensitive person. How did you find out about the trait? And...

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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...

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“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...

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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...

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If you plan too much, you may block your spiritual intuition

If you plan too much, you may block your spiritual intuition

Did you know it’s possible to plan too much…and in the process, to block your spiritual intuition? Here’s how to avoid this HSP pitfall. Highly sensitive people (HSPs) can have a hard time letting go and trusting things will work out. Our motto, as Elaine Aron puts...

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HSPs and zzzs: key facts about your sleep

HSPs and zzzs: key facts about your sleep

The topic of HSPs and zzzs is complex. True, we need a lot of sleep. However, our sleep also needs to be high-quality. Your sleep quality is influenced by many smaller factors, and by one big factor that may surprise you. In college I papered my dorm walls with...

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How do you handle setbacks?

How do you handle setbacks?

How do you handle setbacks? This question deserves a close look, because we can create needless suffering for ourselves if we are unwittingly carrying beliefs about what setbacks mean about us. Spring in Rochester can break your heart. The cherry and magnolia trees...

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