Highly Sensitive People: Can You Use Some Comfort?

As highly sensitive people, many of us are struggling to find peace and comfort as we cope with the daily onslaught of sad and distressing news ushered in by this pandemic. Although some of us are more directly impacted than others, we are ALL facing deep, collective pain. On that note, I wanted to share a guest article by fellow HSP and friend, Amy Barbato, who reflects on finding comfort through family food traditions that can nourish your mind, body, and soul!
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Highly Sensitive People: Would You Like More Information On Coping With Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

I was surprised by the amount of responses that I got from highly sensitive people and introverts who suffer from (SAD) seasonal affective disorder. I got many comments about light therapy. I decided to do some research on this topic. (more…)

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Highly Sensitive People: Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?
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Highly Sensitive People: Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?

As a highly sensitive person, I have to be aware of the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. Each winter, 500,000 people in the United States are said to become depressed and suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The cause of this disorder is the decrease in the amount of available daytime light, an amount that drops from the long days of summer months.

It’s not the lack of light that causes a drop in mood specifically, it’s how that drop in light causes reactions in the body. Research from the Mayo Clinic suggests that lack of light can do one of three things in the body to cause depression. (more…)

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