As a quick shout out to all the sensitives out there – what is going on the past two weeks?
There has been so much turmoil energetically out there, causing people to want to turn inwards and cocoon themselves in safety and comfort. Jokingly, I’ve compared this to people needing to hibernate (the call of the fall season), but that is actually what is occurring. People are feeling anxious, angry, frustrated, hypersensitive, and the need to implement self care is immediate to help mediate these reactive symptoms. The reason I’m writing this post is in hopes that if people are experiencing unelicited emotional outbursts that they know it’s not in isolation – many are experiencing the same issues with no cause.
One my friends called me a couple of days ago asking the same question – “What the heck is going on?”. She had been feeling anxious, angry, and hypersensitive. She asked, I’m hoping joking, “isn’t there some way that I can just shut myself down and numb myself to all these environmental stressors?”. Quick answer is no. Long answer is even if you do try to numb yourself it’s not sustainable and the answer is still no. Many sensitives will purposely, or subconsciously, shut off their sensitivities as children because they don’t have the ability to cope with their influx of emotions and the mind-body disconnects in order to survive. This state however is not sustainable, and eventually the adrenals exhaust and people begin experiencing physical symptoms of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation. Certain symptoms experienced could be hormonal imbalances, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, dizziness, vertigo, chronic fatigue, and more. These symptoms occur as a way of the body trying to regulate itself, to reconnect the mind-body symbiotic relationship. When this first occurs the influx of symptoms/emotions are overwhelming – that’s normal. It’s like twirling, twirling, twirling, then the body stops and your mind sees the world spinning out of control in order for the brain to regulate itself again (which eventually it does). You ride the discomfort, support yourself through it, and eventually your body finds balance. If you try to avoid or suppress the discomfort it doesn’t go away, it comes back with a vengeance until you address it. Balance is attainable – but it is a constant flux of up and down. Nothing is ever static.
When I say “sensitive”, I mean someone whom is hypersensitive to the energy of the environment or the energies of the people around them. They cry at commercials, they feel people’s pain more acutely than there own, they are caretakers and empathizers, creatives and idealists. For those whom aren’t are sensitives or are familiar with them, I ask you to imagine this – visualize going into an environment and being stung by millions of bees at the micro surface – and not able to tell where the bees are coming from or how to get away from them. Or the itchiest wool sweater stuck to you during summer and not able to scratch. And now imagine that feeling on the inside. That’s how unbalance sensitives feel. It’s overall discomfort.
How do we dissolve this discomfort? We need balance. If we are over sensitive, then we either decrease the sensitivity or our reactivity (not suppress it). We improve our resilience through high protein/fat foods and green veggies, calm herbs like rhodiola and holy basil, get fulfilling sleep and rest, and overall just breath. When we have periods of discomfort – we support ourselves through it. Mind you that doesn’t mean “suck it up”, as that has a condescension of undermining our feelings and struggle. It is uncomfortable, it is a struggle, but it will pass. And we will be stronger from it. The more we share our discomfort, they kinder we become to our self and others. The kinder we are, the calmer we are, and that is a universal consciousness that can be collectively felt. We will get through this, one scale at a time.