That “aha” moment when you realize you’re a highly sensitive person has the potential to change your life. It’s like you’ve hit a fork in the road and now you get to decide what happens next. You can continue living life like you always have. OR you can embrace the sensitive super powers you were born with. For me, the decision was easy! I’m embracing them with both arms open wide.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled most of your life feeling like you’re a round peg trying to squeeze into a square hole. It just doesn’t work and the one person who suffers the most is you! Our families and friends mean well but unless they’re highly sensitive, they’ll never completely understand why some things are more difficult for us. That doesn’t mean they can’t be supportive, but chances are they likely won’t change how they act toward you.
Since you can’t change anyone else, it’s up to you to change yourself. Embracing your sensitive super powers starts with 7 simple steps that you can use everyday. These are some ideas to get you moving forward on your journey. You can pick and choose any or all of them to see what works best for you. Consistency is key so do them EVERYDAY! Even if you can only dedicate 5 minutes a day to you, do something that brings you joy.
Discover Who You Are
If you really want to “jump in” with both feet and accelerate your journey, start reading (or listening to) books. Since I learned I’m a highly sensitive person, I’ve read some really AWESOME books to help me better understand who I am. Here’s a list of my favorites…
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The Highly Sensitive Person – Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.
You’ll really discover a lot about what it means to be a highly sensitive person in this book. Dr. Aron gives you some great perspectives and tools for living life, building relationships, and thriving at work. Combine it with The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook and you’re ready to jumpstart your journey. This book changed my life! It started me on a journey of self-discovery and healing.
The Untethered Soul – Michael A. Singer
A New York Times bestseller, this book takes you on a journey of finding inner peace and serenity. It gives you the opportunity to change how you look at yourself and the world around you. You’ll explore ways to develop your consciousness so you can let go of the past and move toward happiness. My eyes were definitely opened to different perspectives and possibilities of the world we live in after reading this book.
Your Heart’s Desire – Sonia Choquette, Ph.D.
Have you ever struggled with knowing what you really want in your life? I sure did ESPECIALLY after trying to fit in (round peg – square hole) to what everyone else expected of me. This book helped me figure it out. And it’ll likely do the same for you too. It’s a book and workbook all in one making it simple to read and complete the exercises. It’s a MUST HAVE in your library if you’re ready to make your heart’s desire a reality!
Judgement Detox – Gabby Bernstein
As you can imagine from the title, I struggled with this book. According to Gabby, most people don’t finish it because it requires you to face your fears. It was the toughest one to read and work through. With that being said…out of all these books, it was definitely the one that had the MOST positive impact. As a highly sensitive person, you likely judge yourself. There’s also a possibility that somewhere in your childhood, you’ve suffered some sort of trauma. When old wounds haven’t healed, it’s very likely that you judge others too.
I judged myself and those around me ALL THE TIME! I didn’t even realize how much until I read this book. All of this judgement negatively impacts your life and the lives of those around you. It destroys relationships, causes stress, and leads to health problems. Worst of all, in my opinion, it teaches children how to judge themselves and others. This just keeps the cycle going and going and going like the energizer bunny.
Am I living a life free of judgement after reading this book? Heck no! I still judge myself and others. I’m human! Now I know why I do it and what it looks like so I can make a different choice next time. What it did help me do is heal some old wounds that I’ve been carrying around for a very long time. That’s when I found forgiveness for myself and others.
Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo
Are you feeling uninspired and lacking creativity? Then this is the book for you! You’ll learn how to retrain your brain and think more creatively in no time. I absolutely LOVED everything about this book. From the first page to the last you’ll learn some really USEFUL tips, laugh out loud, and discover the courage inside of you to move forward even if you’re not ready. It doesn’t matter what you’re struggling with, the lessons you learn will change your life forever! Be prepared to work hard, but I can tell you that the effort is well worth it!
Daring Greatly – Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
As a highly sensitive person, especially if you’re an introvert, putting yourself out there for the world to see is something you typically don’t do. I know I didn’t! I always preferred to stay behind the scenes because it’s easy and comfortable. If you truly want to embrace your sensitive super powers, that needs to change.
Based on years of research, this book teaches you how to be brave. You’ll gain the courage to do what is necessary to live the life of your dreams. You’ll also learn how being vulnerable is a strength for living a wholehearted life. And who doesn’t want that! This is another laugh out loud book that has the ability to truly change your life.
Super Attractor – Gabby Bernstein
If you’re ready to really embrace your super powers, this book is definitely a MUST HAVE in your library. It’ll teach you how to live a life with purpose beyond what you can imagine. You’re a SUPER ATTRACTOR when you…
- learn how to show up for your life. NO. MATTER. WHAT.
- recognize how powerful you really are.
- commit to changing the way you think, act, and live.
As a Super Attractor you’ll feel more joy, release the past, witness miracles everyday, and get excited about the future. Happiness and freedom are available to you when you’re aligned with a power greater than your own. I recommend reading Judgement Detox before reading Super Attractor. It’s easier to BE a Super Attractor when you learn HOW to stop judging yourself and others.
To be reminded daily that you’re a Super Attractor, get this FABULOUS deck. Everyday I pull one of the 52 cards to remind me to live a life filled with joy, grace, ease, and strength!
Your Soul Purpose – Kim Russo
What were you put on this earth to do? If you don’t know the answer, then you’ve GOT to read this book! While it covered similar topics found in some of these other books, it goes deeper. This book is meant to help you unlock your hidden strengths so you can find your soul purpose.
What sets this book apart is how Kim’s psychic abilities have given her more insight into the spiritual world. You’ll learn how the Universe, sacred geometry, numerology, zodiac signs, feng shui, and astrology influence your soul’s purpose. If you’re ready to open your heart AND mind to find your soul purpose, this book won’t disappoint you!
Braving the Wilderness – Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW
This is a MUST HAVE book for any highly sensitive person! Being brave in a world that recognizes sensitivity as a weakness is HARD. But it’s something we all must do. Why? Because the world needs more sensitivity!
In this book you’ll discover the four practices of true belonging. You must be willing to make a commitment to…
- Showing up as your true, authentic self.
- Being brave regardless of what others think.
- Living everyday with courage, vulnerability, and integrity.
Regardless of what’s happening right now, any or all of these books have the potential to TRULY change your life for the better! What are some of your favorite books that helped you embrace your sensitive super powers?