As a highly sensitive empathic person I would delight in the attention and rush to rescue whenever there was a problem. I would downplay my own needs to give to others.
I have been able to shift my thinking that my sensitivities are my teachers. They are not something to fear. My body communicates with me when something is trapped, and my sensitivity is actually my source of power, creativity, intuition and empathy.
Now, when I feel a pain in my body, I know it is a reminder to express my creativity through baking, making, dancing, to connect with a loved one or to take a deep breath and relax. I have also learned to recognise that the way I relate to stress is aggravated, and controlled, by my thinking. With awareness, breath work and a great deal of practice, I have started to harness my own power and control of my wellbeing. When things feel overwhelming or don’t go my way, I can get upset. But I also don’t have to, it’s my choice. And that’s pretty amazing.
Since I’ve been practicing mindfulness and honouring my body instead of loathing it, I hardly get affected mentally or physically anymore. But if/when I do feel something physical or mentally flare up, I don’t hesitate to listen because I now know it’s leading me somewhere.
Through this journey, I have come to be a proud, sensitive person.
Learning self compassion is an important element of growth for health professionals. When we are kind to ourselves, we tend to project much more warmth and understanding to others. And when we judge ourselves less harshly, we are less judgemental about the perceived failings of others. When we bring compassionate mindfulness to care of others, we create a space for healing. We also become more positive role models for those around us in encouraging a more holistic approach
Learning self compassion has changed my life in so many potent and positive ways.