Even though you love your job, have you ever got to the end of a big beautiful day with clients and felt utterly spent? Do you think about a particular client’s problems again and again, long after your session with them? Or do you physically feel other people’s emotions when they open up to you?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these, then there’s a big chance you’re a Highly Sensitive Person.
A Highly Sensitive Person processes stimuli such as noise, bright lights, smells, temperature, pain, and even emotions much more deeply than the average bear. Of course, everyone can react to stimuli, but when you’re highly sensitive things can get overwhelming. Fast. Which means you often need to withdraw and be alone, so you can find sanctuary and ground yourself.
It’s nothing to worry about though. Highly Sensitive People make up about 20% of the population and actually it’s a very healthy trait. Because it means that you have high levels of empathy, are very creative, and notice details that other people miss.
Being highly sensitive can sometimes feel like a curse, but actually, it’s your greatest strength – if you know how to harness it properly.
Transform your sensitivity into a superpower
Remember why you started
Highly Sensitive People are often drawn to healing modalities. So there’s a reason you’re working in the wellness industry. You have a heart of gold and a desire to serve. You want to help people, inspire and empower them. You’re passionate about your work and more than money or prestige, you feel fulfilled when you transform people’s lives for the better.
So when you’re feeling drained or burnt out, remember your big WHY to align with the energy and motivation that keeps you coming back to work.
Practice good boundaries
If there is one thing that Highly Sensitive People need more than anything else, it’s good boundaries. Boundaries help you stop absorbing other people’s emotions, help you stop overthinking everything, and stand in your power. And the key to good boundaries? Is self-love.
When you love and accept yourself, it’s easier to set and maintain boundaries. You rely less on other people’s approval, you can cope better with difficult emotions and conflict, and you know you’re worthy of loving, healthy relationships.
To start setting good boundaries, ask yourself: ‘What do I need to say no to?’ ‘What do I need to say yes to?’ ’Who am I giving my power away to and how can I reclaim my sovereignty?’ ‘How can I stay connected to the present moment?’ and ‘How can I recognise my gifts and love myself more?’
Take exquisite care of yourself
You take care of so many people when you work as a healer. Every client, every lead, friends, family and sometimes even strangers out in the world benefit from your nurturing presence. But empathy burnout or compassion fatigue is very real and especially problematic for healing professionals. Which is why it’s vital for you to pour some of that energy back into yourself.
When you take care of yourself, you are also taking care of others, because you have the continued energy and motivation to keep making a difference. It’s a beautiful cycle. Self-care can come in the form of a calm morning routine, a nourishing night routine, learning to stop over-giving, letting go of unbalanced relationships, meditation, nourishing yourself with good food, and moving your body with love.
Remember, being a Highly Sensitive Person is a real gift. You get to experience a deep, rich and beautiful life. Keep these three lessons in mind and you’ll start to thrive as you transform your sensitivity into your superpower.
Tahlee Rouillon is a music composer and founder of Sonesence. She creates sonic sanctuaries for sensitive souls through her soothing Meditones music. When heard with headphones, Meditones create calm brain waves effortlessly; perfect for sensitive souls struggling in an overwhelming world.