Hello friends! Life as a mother of a toddler, wife, and blogger doesn’t always leave tons of room for leisurely reading, which is one of my all time favorite things to do.
As a highly sensitive person, reading usually gives me that much needed quiet time I need to recharge my battery. It allows me to disconnect from everything around me and fully turn inward (one of my favorite places to be!).
In this busy life, I make it a goal to read at least one new book each month. You already know how I feel about intention setting – it totally works! So I make sure to add it to my intentions list without fail. Reading for me is a great way to decompress, but it also stimulates my mind in ways that I need.
All About the HSP
My latest read was Julie Bjelland’s The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person. I wanted to support a fellow counselor who specializes in the highly sensitive person trait. She offers counseling services but also took time to write this book using her extensive experience working with HSP clients and living a life herself as a highly sensitive person.
Immediately, I knew I would relate with Julie because I, too, am a highly sensitive person and I believe it helps me in my counseling profession. Highly sensitive people are very perceptive and many are empathic, which absolutely helps us address things that our clients might not recognize in themselves.
To put it another way, the lens we see through is different than 80% of the rest of the world’s population. Pretty cool, right? If embraced and taken care of, the highly sensitive person trait can be a true gift to ourselves and others.
Anyway, let’s get to the book!
Upon choosing this book, I anticipated that this material would become a helpful resource for those wanting to understand the highly sensitive person trait more. What I learned is that this book is a nice resource for both those with the HSP trait as well as those simply wanting to know more about it!
First, I found it helpful that Julie spoke about her own experience as a highly sensitive person. Hearing accounts of what it is like to wade through the world feeling different than most of the population helps us develop compassion and understanding for the common HSP experience.
As she discussed commonalities among her HSP clients, it affirmed that HSPs really do have special gifts, but also special needs and preferences. Again, it’s helpful to understand the HSP experience, but also recognize how to help a highly sensitive person be their best self.
You’re Not Alone
So, if you’re a highly sensitive person, I think you will find solace and community in reading this book. As I read it, I could immediately relate to so many others’ experiences. There are others like you out there! You’re not alone!
If you’re not a highly sensitive person, it was really helpful learning about what HSPs need to thrive in this world. The truth is, highly sensitive people aren’t always the best at expressing what our own needs are. Whether we want a boss, a friend, a partner, or a parent to understand our needs, it’s not always so simple for us to explain our trait. That’s where this book comes in!
This book is a great resource for others who might benefit from learning about the HSP life. I mean, when I try and explain why I prefer to sleep alone (sarcastic GASP!), regardless of how much I love my husband, it isn’t always understood or well-received.
BUT, by reading this book, maybe my preference will make a little more sense. It’s a common HSP experience for valid reasons! That’s just one of the many examples I could give!
Embrace Your Sensitivity and Become a Power House
If you’re a highly sensitive person, I think you’ll enjoy this book for two main reasons:
1. It validates your trait and your experience
2. It offers you ways to fully embrace your sensitivity to use it as a power source!
Although it takes several chapters to get to, Julie offers many self-care suggestions that, as we know, are crucial for our health and wellbeing. It’s totally Sensitive Soul approved! Taking time every day to practice self-care absolutely elevates our productivity, wellness, and ability to thrive!
So if you’re looking for a resource to learn more about the highly sensitive person (HSP) trait, you can check out this book. Also, Julie Bjelland offers online HSP courses, consultations, and counseling services. Check it out!
I look forward to sharing more books with you in the coming months. If you’re interested in learning about previous books I have read and reviewed, check out my post archives for each month’s book choice!
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