Since we take in more stimuli from our environment our risk and vulnerability is greater. Because we see, hear, and feel more through sensory pathways this increased demand of sensory processing creates anxiety.
A marked, or highly observable, exaggerated fear of our environment. Also known as anxiety.
Abdominal pain, headaches, mood swings, nausea, dizziness, feelings of sensory overload, panic attacks, tension in the muscles, lower back pain, debilitating fatigue, restlessness, anger, susceptibility to flu and viruses, depression, and skin rashes/pimples/sores.
It’s different for everyone. That’s why understanding your delicate senses is so important for managing sensory overload, taking proper care of your nervous system, and restoring health. Our senses are taste, touch, hearing/sound, smell/olfactory, and sight/vision. In the health science of Ayurveda the mind is considered the sixth sense. Through integrative medicine, which focuses on the mind-body connection we can learn how to manage our highly attuned senses.
HSP’s are incredibly unique in that we are highly connected and in-tune with our environment. While our deeper cognitive processing allows us to take in more sensation from our environment, which can be a real positive, it can also be overwhelming.
Psychologist’s have attempted to understand the science of the senses and their effects on our health through new advances in research. Through discoveries in understanding the mirror neuron system, sensory gating, and vestibular system. Our acute senses are a wonderful gift when these heightened sensations are recognized and integrated nicely into our lives. Often times, highly sensitive people are unaware of their ability to perceive the subtle differences in their environment, what clinical doctors call, “sensory processing sensitivity.”
Our toxic environment doesn’t help matters. When we are exposed to synthetic chemicals and toxins our body processes them first at the sensory level, then through our organ systems. These detoxification systems help keep us healthy in the face of a barrage of toxic materials. You can read Dr. Hannah Albert’s article, Our Toxic World for more detail. When our toxin load is high, we experience health challenges, symptoms, allergies, and sensitivities.
That’s why we must commit to supporting our body on many levels. There are a lot of things we can do to reduce our toxic load. Some serious symptoms of chronic toxic exposure are: recurrent headaches, muscle aching and weakness, paresthesias and neuropathic pain, recurrent infections, and infertility. There are several disorders that have a clear link to chronic toxic exposure. They are: chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, allergies, asthma, atherosclerosis, and cancer.
We can view this phenomenon on a spectrum of vulnerability.
Our bodies are smart and resilient. Through biotransformation processes, we usually transform toxicity quickly and the body comes back into balance. There are three automatic functions our body uses to transform toxins: cleansing, purification, and detoxification that we can support and help our body adjust to most any form of environmental toxicity – these are not only chemicals, compounds, and substances that are toxic. Feelings, moods, and stress from other people in our environment affect us as well.
Inspired Health and Wellness (IHW) uses a completely different form of integrative mind-body medicine than most health coaching programs. It is not a detox, weight loss program, or diet. It is a supportive, kind, and fully integrative program specialized to work with your unique sensory differences. With a narrow focus on healing the sensory challenges sensitive people often experience, the mind-body method allows a much needed break to process whatever issues may be on the surface to restore optimal wellness.
On an IHW plan, you will be learning how your sensitives directly affect your life, well being, and health. It is designed to be supportive, energy enhancing, and grounding. You’ll be adding things into your life like ancient Ayurvedic sensory techniques, energy psychology, visualization, relaxation, body movement/body therapies, and expressive art.
In addition, we’ll work together to find a palate of fresh, organic food which include everything from dark leafy greens, alkaline fruits and vegetables, gluten-free grains, sweet root vegetables, micro-nutrients and pro-biotics that support each of your organ systems to help restore your senses and rejuvenate your overall energy for maintenance of health.