Workshop Mindfulness for Highly Sensitive Persons
In this workshop we’ll look at how mindfulness can help you to deal with & enjoy your High Sensitivity.
Being a highly sensitive person (HSP) is high maintenance. Having more empathy and care, being more sensitive and thoughtful than an average person comes at a price. The price of good self-care. I offer a mindfulness program specifically adapted to HSP’s, in which you get the tools for good self-care.
Let’s dive shortly into two real life examples.
Imagine a conversation at work with your manager. Just when he is about to give you feedback on your work, his gaze freezes for a couple of seconds. Someone else would not have noticed this, but you did. Your mind starts analysing what this could mean while you become slightly nervous.
Or imagine you’re seeing a friend in a cafe. You hear people talking nearby. In the background you hear music. The door of the cafe keeps opening and closing. You just can’t keep your focus on the conversation with your friend.
Does this sound familiar to you?
Then you’re probably also familiar with the effects situations like these can have on you. Many HSP’s suffer from high stress, tiredness, frustration, anxiety, sleep problems. On the long term it can lead to depression and more severe anxiety problems like panic attacks.
So what to do?
In the prefrontal part of our brains resides our meta-awareness. You can see this meta-awareness as a movie director. It’s your meta-awareness that decides where you aim your attention at.
By increasing your meta-awareness, you become more conscious of:
- situations where you lose your energy
- your emotions
- which emotions are yours and which emotions are someone else’s
- your intuition, and how you sometimes suppress it by overthinking
- your own negative thought patterns (eg ‘I am not good at this’)
- your urge to take responsibility of others, the consequences of this and alternative options
- many more things which happen in your mind, body, actions, urges to act and in your environment
We will look at ways to develop this meta-awareness, and how to use it in order to deal optimally with HSP-challenges.
What you will learn in this workshop
- About the core components of High Sensitivity
- How you can train your meta-awareness
- Ways of dealing with High Sensitivity challenges
- Insights in High Sensitivity talents
- Practical exercises which you can start using at home
- price: 30 euro
People who have participated in earlier workshops of Amsterdam Mindfulness receive 5 euro reduction. If you decide to join the 8-session course Mindfulness for High Sensitivity after this workshop, then you will receive 15 euro reduction on the 8-session course.
- duration: 2 hours
- next dates & times: March 30th (16.00-18.00), April 7th (16.00-18.00), May 26th (16.00-18.00)
- language: English
- location: Granaatstraat 38, Amsterdam
Some reactions of participants of earlier editions
“I always thought I was the only one facing these problems.”
“It feels so good to be in a group with other Highly Sensitive Persons. For the first time in my life I feel completely understood.”
“Now I realise how much I’m judging myself.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between this program and a regular mindfulness course?
1.Training to be more mindful is a different process for HSP’s vs non-HSP’s. Whereas non-HSP’s generally start with trying to become more open to experiences, HSP’s have a natural talent for that. It’s rather the opposite, many HSP’s have a strategy to sometimes shut down/close off because there’s so much coming in. For them the challenge is rather how to handle this openness which is there already (at least under the right conditions). So we will focus on what is relevant for HSP’s.
2.High Sensitivity is not a collection of challenging features of which we want to get rid. It’s a personality type with which we want to become at ease with. To take an example: HSP’s easily experience a higher arousal (often experienced as stress). If taken as an undesirable feature, a trainer/coach/therapist might advise that it’s something we should work on to get rid of or to improve in. This will be an impossible goal for an HSP, as it’s part of being an HSP. It’s connected with the high sensitivity and the deep processing. In my course, the HS personality is taken as a a) system and as b) a given.
More differences you find here: http://amsterdam-mindfulness.nl/difference-standard-mindfulness-and-mindfulness-for-hsp/
Do I have to be a Highly Sensitive Person if I want to take part in this course?
> No. There are many reasons why you may feel highly sensitive. And for some these reasons might be temporary (like when experiencing a burn-out), for others it’s part of who they are.
How can I test if I am a Highly Sensitive Person according to the official definition?
> You can take a self-test here: http://hsperson.com/test/highly-sensitive-test/
Is ‘High Sensitivity’ an official diagnosis?
> HSP as it was defined by Elaine Aron is not in the DSM-V (the American diagnostic manual for psychiatric challenges). This keeps open the possibility that it in some form will appear in future editions. If you like to know more about this, feel free to contact me.