Busy space, busy head. That is in short why highly sensitive people like a decluttered space. Busy environments mean lots of things for a highly sensitive person to process. That leads to overstimulation. Overstimulation means stress.
The Effect of Clutter
Clutter attracts more clutter. I have three children between the ages of seven and twelve,
and none of them yet seem to have my hatred of clutter. In fact, far from it. Pigs in mud; my kids and clutter. And it drives me nuts.
Clutter makes me anxious. It makes me grumpy. I cannot declutter my head whilst my environment is cluttered. It distracts me. And I am certainly not unique. Continue reading
An affinity to nature and animals is a trademark of many highly sensitive people, and that applies to kids too. A pet can provide tremendous benefits for a highly sensitive child (HSC).
When we moved house in 2017 one of the promises we made was that we would get a cat, and two rabbits. We had more space, both in and out of the house, and the children were old enough to be able to play their part in looking after them.
Not long after we moved we went to a local animal shelter. It was just to take a look. For ONE cat. (You see where this is going).
Understanding your highly sensitive self is the best thing that can happen to your career.
When I started a career in the world of Human Resources I naively thought I’d be helping people get the best out of their people. Turns out I was occupied by bureaucracy and firefighting.
Instead of going back to the corporate world after my maternity leave in 2008, I started freelance writing for a living. I followed my passion and made it my career. I have not looked back.
Parenting is tough but also the most rewarding role you’ll ever take on. However, if you are highly sensitive you need to make a concerted effort to look after your own needs too. If you don’t you will end up overstimulated and in no state to parent in the way your children need. Here are five things to keep an eye on to survive as a highly sensitive parent.
Scientific studies have correlated being highly sensitive and suffering from burnout. Do you know the warning signs of a burnout and how to recover from a burnout?
What is a Burnout?
A burnout will leave you feeling mentally, emotionally and physically depleted. For the warning signs of a burnout read: 6 Warning Signs of a Burnout.
Highly sensitive children (HSC) have a tendency to shut down when they face a hurdle. That hurdle may be something new or a task they are not certain they can do. Instead of thinking ‘how can I get over the hurdle?’ a HSC stands frozen in front of the hurdle. They may display this feeling of helplessness with a meltdown, anger or tears. Here’s how you can help them work out how to jump over the hurdles they face.
Why HSCs Block When They Face a Hurdle
Perfectionism and highly sensitive often goes hand in hand. And there’s a third element that wangles its way into that relationship, like it or not: a fear of failure.
My post Helping a Highly Sensitive Child with Their Fear of Failure, published over on The Good Men Project, outlines how to help your highly sensitive child (HSC) when their fear of failure takes over. Continue reading