Are you sensitive? Do you feel deep emotions? Cry during commercials? Get overwhelmed by too much stimulation? Do you get deeply hurt by criticism even when you know it’s meant to help you? Do you see your sensitivity as a help or a hindrance? In this latest look at Extreme Self-Care, we’ll take a look at how to protect your sensitivity.
If you’re anything like me then you’ve spent a lifetime of crying over other people’s hurts–real or imagined. Whether that person is flesh and blood or a character coming to life from the pages of a book. We live it all and feel it all. And it doesn’t matter how many times you see or read the same thing.
In The Art of Extreme Self-Care, Cheryl Richardson talks about being sensitive and how it made her a better Coach. Being sensitive opens you up to receive so many gifts through your experiences.
We can see the beauty in everything from the tiniest weed to a massive Redwood. From a dreary rainy start to the day to a glorious sunset ending the day. And from the saddest or angriest person to the most joyous. There are things to learn, gifts of knowledge, of understanding, of empathy, and compassion.
Instead of trying to be “harder” or create blocks to push away your emotions, it’s time to embrace your sensitive side and realize the gifts that it brings. Embracing your sensitive side means owning who you are and being in the present moment.
You need to open up to aware of what “shuts” you down and what brings you energy. And you need to reduce the stimuli that are assaulting you all day long. Whether that’s through reducing the violence that you read and hear on TV or reducing the noise level around you.
In August’s calendar, we’ll take a look at how we can not only protect our sensitive self but use it to be a better partner, parent, co-worker, and even coach.
The best way to use the calendar is to read all of the items first. Find out where you might need to make plans in advance like making plans or appointments. Below is the calendar and here is a link to the August “I’m So Sensitive” Calendar.