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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Mar 14, 2020


5 Ways to Thrive As a Highly Sensitive Person During COVID-19


Solo episode


Brene Brown said we can heal together during this time.  I talk about how the Highly Sensitive Person, aka HSP, may be impacted right now with COVID-19, but more importantly, I talk about ways we can thrive and really take care of ourselves during this time.  In spite of the big feels we may be having, we CAN make choices to help us feel connected and supported.  Let’s use our HSP Glue to come together and heal.


  • I am not an expert; nor am I a healthcare official—this is my opinion
  • As Highly Sensitive People (HSPs), we most likely will be processing more than usual
  • It may take more time to figure out how we are feeling about COVID-19 and all of the ramifications
  • It can be difficult to live with so much uncertainty
  • Empathy overload
  • We may be feeling things in our bodies, or feel like we’re buzzing, but not know exactly what it is
  • We may be more fearful, irritable, weepy, disconnect, using things for comfort (food, electronics, exercise, wine, online shopping etc.)
  • Use lots of mindfulness and self-compassion
  • We may want to go dark and disappear
  • Please check in with yourself and see if that’s what you really need
  • It’s easy to create a story in our heads about how what we’re feeling is too much. This is a time to come together and create support and community
  • We need to find ways to honor our feelings AND consciously acknowledge what IS working
  • 5 Ways to take care of ourselves
  1. Get accurate information
    1. I’ve been going to the CDC
    2. Be mindful of where you’re getting your information
    3. PLEASE do NOT talk about your adult fears in front of your children!
    4. We adults need places to process our fears—with other adults
    5. Find ways to give your kids answers to the questions they ask, but they are looking to us to know everything is going to be ok
  2. Consciously curate what you’re consuming
    1. When you consume
    2. What you consume
    3. How long you consume
    4. Unfriend/unfollow
    5. E-mail/social media/friends
    6. Create positive things to consume
      1. Things that make you laugh, are light, positive and maintain balance
      2. Ask for suggestions for books, movies, podcasts, music playlists
  • Spend time outdoors
  1. Engage in creative activities
  2. Spend time with animals, children, loved ones, friends
  3. Spirituality
  1. Plan with calmness
    1. Work, childcare, homeschooling, logistics, care of aging parents, logistics etc.
    2. Designate the amount of time (when/where you will plan)
    3. Plan with a buddy
    4. Make a planning sandwich—positive, plan, positive
  2. Get support/Create community
    1. Zoom call for the closed fb group
    2. Many therapists and coaches are moving to telehealth
    3. Connect with your friends/family via Skype, WhatsApp, Voxer, MarcoPolo
    4. See how your community is supporting others
    5. We get a sense of connection through service
    6. Ask for help/support—it allows others to feel good and focus on something outside of themselves
  3. Self-Care
    1. Sleep
    2. Nutrition
    3. Gentle loving movement
    4. Get outside
    5. Dance, laugh, play, meditate, yoga (yoga with Adriene)
    6. Spend time with people that make you happy
    7. Ask for help and support
    8. Tend to your spiritual needs—meditation or prayer or time in nature


Patricia Young works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).


Yoga with Adriene--

Marco Polo--




10 Tilts for Parenting during the CaronaVirus--

Brene Brown Getting Well Together or Staying Sick Together--


HSP Online Course--

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