Highly Sensitive People Need More Brain Processing Time
Most HSPs in my psychotherapy practice and my online HSP course tell me that examples I give from my life as a highly sensitive person often help them. So I'll share one today. Yesterday my niece gave birth! I got to be there to witness this amazing day with her and it was full of emotions as you can imagine. When I got home yesterday, I felt like I was "buzzing." Many of you may relate to this feeling? I think it was my nervous system on overload. I also felt elated. Last night while trying to fall asleep I was still buzzing, and I'm tired today, but the difference with my training is that I used to feel panicked when I couldn't fall asleep when my mind was racing, and that would turn into a night without sleep. Then the following day I would be overly sensitive and emotional and then go into a shame spiral for however I may have reacted that day. Does that sound familiar? But this time, with the understanding of our HSP brain, I comforted myself last night and just said to myself that I need to lay here and process the day. I took away the panic, and after less than an hour of calm processing, I fell asleep! Am I still tired today from all of that yesterday? Absolutely. But it is a more manageable tired because I was kind to myself and knew I just needed to let myself process the day. That's one example of using what we know about our HSP brains to help us. I didn't have to waste so much energy on being hard on myself or cleaning up feelings of shame the next day after emotional reactions from being too tired to be balanced. I hope that little example of the understanding of our needs as highly sensitive people helps a bit. :)
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~Julie Bjelland is a psychotherapist, global HSP consultant, and leader in the field of high sensitivity and has helped thousands of highly sensitive people around the world. As an HSP herself, Julie understands what it is like to live with high sensitivity and strong emotions. Julie teaches an online course for HSPs and is the author of several books. www.juliebjelland.com.