Bonus Episode Day 23
How to Care for Ourselves When We are Depleted
Solo episode—Patricia Young
After having 4 teenagers staying with us for 9 very long days, I talk about how depleted I am, and how challenging it was to be the only Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) who is sensitive to sounds, people and noise in a household of 6. It brought back those old feelings of feeling like I’m a freak and not asserting myself because I felt like I was being too picky. I realize that I need to assert my needs and figure out how to negotiate with others in order to have an environment that works for everyone. I realize that because of this, I haven’t done a very good job of teaching my boys how to be sensitive and considerate of others’ needs. I always made it about me, and I didn’t require them to be more mindful about this. They kids will be back for close to a month over spring break, so it will be important for me come up with some ways to allow myself to maintain peace and balance.
Patricia Young, LCSW is a therapist in San Diego who is in private practice. Patricia works primarily with Highly Sensitive People (HSP) helping them understand their HSPness, and to turn their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate all the gifts we have to offer.
MUSIC—Gravel Dance by Andy Robinson www.andyrobinson.com