Mindfulness for High Sensitivity – 8 session course
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.
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 analyzing 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?
The first thing we will start with in this course is to strengthen the meta-awareness.
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 strengthening 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’)
• many more things which happen in your mind, body, behavior and the space around you
Another aspect of strengthening your meta-awareness is that you can aim your attention better. This gives you the opportunity to a) enjoy more what is important to you and b) direct your attention away from what is less important or useful. This will bring you more joy and energy and will save you frustration and stress.
Starting from the 3rd session, we will start focussing on self-loving actions. A self-loving action is an action you consciously decide for and which is in accordance with your own personal needs and intentions. Especially in stressful situations we tend to react in an automatic, unconscious way. Our automatic responses don’t necessarily cause us problems. Sometimes however we realise that our way of dealing with a situation is less helpful. For example when we keep feeling stressed at work. In these situations it can be helpful to learn which other ways there are for dealing with the same situation. It’s not about finding the best way of dealing with a situation. It’s about developing a repertoire of alternative actions from which we can choose.
Examples of self-loving actions are removing yourself from a situation which is too intense or letting go of negative self-talk.
You will design your own self-loving action(s), try carrying it/them out, and see what the results are. We’ll also spend time looking at how you evaluate your self-loving action. For many of us, our internal judge finds it difficult to recognise positive results. So let’s see how it is if we evaluate our own behaviour in a bit more balanced way.
An important element of the program is that you will be in a group of Highly Sensitive Persons. Finding understanding from others & the possibility to share about comparable challenges will make the group a very supportive environment for your own process.
Reserve your spot by sending me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Because the groups are kept small, there’s limited capacity.
What’s the difference between this program and a standard Mindfulness course?
Here I explain the difference between this program and a standard Mindfulness course
More information & registration: email@example.com or you can reach me at 06-36056018.
You don’t have time for the full 8-week course or you have troubles financing it? Then there’s the possibility to do the course in your own time, without visiting sessions. More information here.