As we finish up 2015 with a sudden snowstorm, I’d like to share a short but highly informative YouTube talk by Elaine Aron titled The Highly Sensitive Person.
In this eight-minute video, Elaine talks about the trait of sensitivity and makes very specific recommendations for self care.
If you are like me, you may react at first with incredulity: a day completely off each week? A week of rest every three months? Who can afford that?
But if you are like me, you are also an HSP, and you will end up giving what she says some serious thought. Elaine literally wrote the book (books, actually) on high sensitivity, and her research expertise, wide-ranging intelligence and humility (she did not set out to be the spokesperson for twenty percent of humanity) make for a powerful combination.
Rest: the missing piece
The more I sat with what she has to say here, the more it sank in that this level of self care is the missing piece between me and true, sustained well-being. This includes financial well-being, as I’ve come to realize that if I don’t proactively plan for the “down time” I need, I will get it by energetically pushing away work.
That’s all I’ll say for now: this week’s Listening Post is short as I am (drumroll) taking the week completely off to rest. This includes the post-family-visit rest I wrote about last week, and more: it’s my first one-week-off-per-quarter-to-rest week. This feels radical to me, and really, really exciting.
Let me know your reactions to Elaine’s suggestions. And please accept my warmest wishes for a happy, healthy, wonderful 2016.