One thing the counselling did for me was to introduce me to the term ‘Highly Sensitive Person.’  At the time I was insulted.  Being sensitive wasn’t a good thing.  People always told me I was too sensitive.  Now I accept that I am highly sensitive and I love it.  The world needs Highly Sensitive People.

Questions from the website http://hsperson.com/

Is this you?

  • Are you easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights, strong smells, coarse fabrics, or sirens nearby?
  • Do you get rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time?
  • Do you make a point of avoiding violent movies and TV shows?
  • Do you need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation?
  • Do you make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations?
  • Do you notice or enjoy delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art?
  • Do you have a rich and complex inner life?
  • When you were a child, did your parents or teachers see you as sensitive or shy?

I tick every one of these.  I feel too much.  I absorb your pain.  I want to fix everything.  I get overwhelmed.  I like to watch TV where nothing really happen- much to the annoyance of my husband.  I overthink everything.  I play worse-case scenarios in my head every time I leave my children.. I pray all day that they are okay.

I feel a lot of stresses.  In the morning when I have to get the girls up and out and up to the school and childminder and into work for 9am- I am STRESSED- my body is STRESSED! (Thankfully I only have to do this 2 days a week)  By the time I get into work, I am depleted. My body is after running around like a crazed lunatic and I don’t refuel? How could I be well? I have started to see that because I am highly sensitive, I deplete quicker than others and I don’t refuel.  Years of this has taken me to where I am now.  Being tested for MS.   My life as a vegetarian is going well. I’m ordering off vegetarian menu’s and checking labels.  Gluten free Vegetarian is a bit trickier.  But I’m managing it.  Gluten Free, Dairy free, Sugar Free Vegetarian- I’m struggling!  I am feeling great and by Friday morning (1 and a half weeks Vegetarian) I seem to have lost a few pounds too. BONUS!

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