I found this to be a real eye-opener. Watch:
As I listened to the questions she asks at the beginning, I could give a hearty “yes!” to all but the first. People don’t often label me as overly sensitive but I think that’s only because no one knows what’s going on inside of me. I am VERY good at appearing calm and in control. Perhaps it’s my first-born status but I internalize things to a huge degree.
Lately, I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed by the needs of others. These are people I love and care about deeply so when they are hurting or are upset, I literally experience those same emotions and feelings myself. I’ve often said that I’m an emotional sponge, especially where my family is concerned.
Watching this video confirmed what I already knew and has encouraged me to take some steps to protect myself and reduce my stress. Yesterday I did a little bit of yoga and I plan to make that a regular part of my routine from now on. I’m also looking into some meditation techniques. My blood pressure is way out of control, even with medication, so I simply must find a way to “chill out”.
So, can you relate to any of this? Do you have a favorite technique for dealing with stressful situations?