Workshop Dealing with your High Sensitivity
In this workshop we’ll look at how you can 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?
Just the story doesn’t end here.
Because you notice much more (and because your stress system is much more sensitive), you get more easily and more often stressed than non-HSPs. High stress causes strong emotions. Being accustomed to not bother others with ‘difficult’ needs, many HSPs bottle up these emotions. This causes a lot of frustration, which causes even more stress.
The frequent/prolonged stress can lead to sleep problems, tiredness, anxiety, depression and health problems.
Probably you’ve learned strategies to deal with your sensitivity and stress. In psychological terms these strategies are called coping mechanisms. Some of these strategies sometimes become a problem themselves, like for example:
– isolating oneself
– not feeling own needs
– not stating boundaries/saying no
This may sound quite dramatic. But important to realise is that High Sensitivity is not a dysfunction. As Van Hoof (a Belgian researcher specialised in High Sensitivity) puts it; the difference between High Sensitivity as a talent and High Sensitivity as an impairment is the level of self-regulation.
So the good news is that you can regard High Sensitivity as a talent. Just there is work to do. You need to strengthen your self-regulation skills.
In this workshop you will learn which practical tools there are to improve your self-regulation.
Among other things, we will look at:
- how to learn what makes you stressed and what you need in these circumstances
- how to connect to yourself and the present moment (“grounding”)
- how to tune in to your body more so you detect stress sooner
- how to recognise which strategies you use to deal with stress are less helpful & how to learn new strategies
- how to tune in to your feelings more so you can give yourself the emotional and also practical care you need
- how to recognise when you are over-aroused/overwhelmed and give yourself what you need right then
- how to give yourself kindness and understanding (= self-compassion)
- how to use your sensitivity to thoroughly enjoy moments
What you will get from this workshop
- Knowledge about the core components of High Sensitivity
- Ways of dealing with High Sensitivity challenges
- Insights in your High Sensitivity talents
- Practical exercises which you can start using at home
- price: 75 euro (55 euro early bird if you sign up at least 3 weeks before the workshop)
- duration: 2,5 hours
- language: English
- maximum group size: 8
- location: Granaatstraat 38, Amsterdam (Amsterdam Mindfulness)
- next dates: November 17th 2019 (17.00-19.30), February 9th 2020 (15.00-17.30), May 10th 2020 (15.00-17.30)
Reactions of participants
“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.”