Posts about Overwhelm

How to deal with overwhelming parties & gatherings

How to deal with overwhelming parties & gatherings

Recently, I traveled to the other side of the country to visit family and friends. While there, I found myself at a big family party. It’s been so long since I’d been in that situation! It reminded me how hours-long parties can wear on me, no matter how...
Wedding planning tips for HSPs & introverts

Wedding planning tips for HSPs & introverts

At your wedding and reception, you’ll likely be the center of attention among lots of people for many hours, which can be tiring and overwhelming for introverts. And wedding planning means literally hundreds and hundreds of decisions, which can lead to overwhelm for...
Parties

Parties

I thought I was better at parties. My husband and I have a number of “couple friends”, i.e., other couples who are our friends. We’ve known them for years, we hang out regularly, and I enjoy spending time with them. Whenever we went to parties,...
Overwhelmed by Beauty

Overwhelmed by Beauty

Check this out. I learned about something called Stendhal Syndrome today. It’s “a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is...
Feeling Overwhelmed When Nothing is Wrong

Feeling Overwhelmed When Nothing is Wrong

Have you ever had the feeling of being overwhelmed, but you didn’t know why? Maybe there aren’t any huge problems or stresses in your life, but still you feel cranky and annoyed by everything. I find that these feelings come about when I’m...
The Worst Places on Earth for HSPs

The Worst Places on Earth for HSPs

Overstimulation. Noise, chaos, bright lights, smells, crowds. These are the highly sensitive person’s kryptonite. There are some places that have overstimulation in spades, and it’s best you avoid them if you don’t want to ruin your day. Here’s...
Finding the “stasis of peace”

Finding the “stasis of peace”

I’m learning every day how to better manage my needs as a person with high sensitivity and introversion. Like I always say, folks, it’s about acknowledging, accepting, and adjusting! I do feel frustrated and even mad at myself sometimes because I have to...
How to tell if you work with a Highly Sensitive Person

How to tell if you work with a Highly Sensitive Person

This great article by HSP expert Elaine Aron explains how to identify HSPs in the workplace. I wish some of my former managers had been this forward-thinking! She recommends using the acronym DOES to sniff out an HSP. Check it out: Depth of processing. Does this...

You Might be a Highly Sensitive Person if…

You can’t sleep because you hear a clock ticking in the other room. You can’t sleep because there is a tiny sliver of light coming in from between the curtains. You can’t sleep because you can’t stop thinking about something someone said to you...
Why Don’t People Know When to be Quiet?

Why Don’t People Know When to be Quiet?

So I’m working on my laptop in a huge public library. It’s a giant room filled with 4-seater tables filled with people on laptops or studying. I was the only one at my table when three people came and sat down. No big deal. It became apparent that two of...
The Day “I lost it” because I was overstimulated

The Day “I lost it” because I was overstimulated

This is a hard story for me to tell. I am embarrassed and ashamed of it. It’s the one time in my life that I’ve had an outburst and lost my cool in public. I was hanging out with my husband and a group of 6+ friends. We were all sitting around a large...

Why People with Anxiety Shouldn’t Join a CSA

A local farm just added my workplace as a new drop off location for their CSA. I was so excited to be a part of it–to get regular shipments of organic, fresh produce, to try new vegetables, and basically be forced to eat new foods and be healthier. This was just...