If you’ve ever been accused of being too sensitive, read further, my friend, this might be something for you.
First do the following questionnaire by Judith Orloff (I’ve ordered her book called The Empath Survival Guide and can’t wait to read it)
Empath Self Assessment
- Have I’ve been labeled as “overly sensitive,” shy, or introverted?
- Do I frequently get overwhelmed or anxious?
- Do arguments or yelling make me ill?
- Do I often feel like I don’t fit in?
- Am I drained by crowds and need alone time to revive myself?
- Am I overstimulated by noise, odors, or non-stop talkers?
- Do I have chemical sensitivities or can’t tolerate scratchy clothes?
- Do I prefer taking my own car places so I can leave early if I need to?
- Do I overeat to cope with stress?
- Am I afraid of becoming suffocated by intimate relationships?
- Do I startle easily?
- Do I react strongly to caffeine or medications?
- Do I have a low pain threshold?
- Do I tend to socially isolate?
- Do I absorb other people’s stress, emotions, or symptoms?
- Am I overwhelmed by multitasking and prefer doing one thing at a time?
- Do I replenish myself in nature?
- Do I need a long time to recuperate after being with difficult people or energy vampires?
- Do I feel better in small cities or the country than large cities?
- Do I prefer one-to-one interactions or small groups rather than large gatherings?
To calculate your results:
If you answered yes to one to five questions,
you’re at least partially an empath.
Responding yes to six to ten questions means
you have moderate empathic tendencies.
Responding yes to eleven to fifteen means
you have strong empathic tendencies.
Answering yes to more than fifteen questions means
that you are a full blown empath.
My Story of being too sensitive
For a long, looong time I wished I were like people who weren’t affected by other people’s mood, a presence or (not always intentionally inflicted) harsh words. These people would just brush off any emotion as if it was a piece of dust.
One thing I knew for sure, I wasn’t one of them. As a child, I was called too sensitive more often than I can remember. At some point, I started to hold back my tears, then learned to hide/deny my emotions and eventually detach from them as much as I could. Being too sensitive made me build an armor around me so I wasn’t able to feel. I became a person who was always on her toes prepared for an attack, being defensive. I didn’t feel I belong in this world …
As I entered my 20ies I stepped into a self-love journey where the healing began.
A long story short … I no longer believe being sensitive is my weakness … on the contrary.
Let me share one of the most inspiring quotes I’ve ever read …
The best advice on my weaknesses…
on owning my sensitivity
or any of my personality traits for that matter is …
“Your weaknesses are strengths
in the wrong environment!”
… isn’t this the most powerful message you’ve ever read?
It sure is for me!
Just think about it … isn’t it empowering that you can use sensitivity as strength? That you are in charge of your life … you can choose the environment.
Now my dear, ask yourself a question …
find three situations where this quote is true for you, okay?
Right now is a good time.
I’ll wait 😉
Seriously think about it … claim your strength. You’ve got this. <3
Let me share one of mine with you … I feel I have a very good judge of a person’s character to the extent that I know what they are best at in terms of a profession … and this definitely comes in handy when I want to inspire people to go for their dreams. I can do that from a genuine place because I can see the potential in them.
I shouldn’t forget to mention that this quote comes from Marianne Cantwell author of Free Range Humans. Check her out as she is fantastic.
MY best CURE for being OVERWHELMED
Let me share my top 3 tools I can’t live without and I highly hope you’ll give them a chance 🙂
- Morning pages
My fave part of The Artist’s Way book by Julia Cameron which is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G (read: My bible). Please don’t be fooled by its title. It isn’t for artists by profession but all creatives, which includes YOU, my friend, as well <3 I just know it does.
However, when I started with my morning practice, three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing(read my bullsh**) I started to build a special and loving relationship with myself and connect to my inner voice even more.
- Meditation … When I started meditating roughly about 12 years ago it was a life changer for me. I’ll share a meditation that saved my life and my relationship soon, but until then, trust me when I say … it is a must … almost like chocolate, just a bit more 🙂
- A walk in nature … self-explanatory… nature is just the biggest battery of good vibes there is <3
Always keep in mind
What is your fave GOTO weapon in DEALING with sensitivity?
Please share your comments below.
Thank you for inspiring us <3