Why am I so sensitive to my environment? How to deal with environmental sensitivity

Many of us HSPs are not only busy with dealing with their inner world, emotions, relationships, and directly experienceable stimuli, but are intensely influenced in their wellbeing by other external factors in their environment. And often we don’t even know about them. To what extend these factors can come into play? And how can we deal with these so called environmental sensitivities in a healthy, effective and reasonable way? Andrea Weber from Sunshine Coast, Australia, is an expert in this field, and shares her expertise on her website.

Are you sensitive to what’s in the environment? 

Introducing Andrea Weber @ expansivehappiness.com

Many people feel fatigued, irritable and generally unwell and don’t have any idea why. Several visits and tests at the doctors may not be providing the answers either.

Here is a list of often ‘unexplained symptoms’ experienced by environmentally sensitive people:

  • Fatigue, weakness and exhaustion
  • Body, joint and head pain (including headaches)
  • Brain fog, issues with memory and concentration
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Tinnitus
  • Skin issues and irritations
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling generally unwell and in discomfort
  • Irritability 

Usually what’s in the environment is the last thing considered but the reality is that most of us are living in spaces saturated with emfs (electromagnetic fields) and chemicals. The occurrence of mold is also an environmental stressor that can have serious consequences for our health and wellbeing.  There are also typical stressors such as light and noise which can leave us feeling fatigued, overwhelmed and unwell.  Natural weather patterns and occurrences also have an impact.

The longer we leave making these connections between our health and what we’re exposed to in our environments, the greater the possibility of sensitivity symptoms becoming more severe and more challenging to manage.

There are 3 key elements to managing an environmental sensitivity:

  • Mitigation of the environment to reduce exposure to stressors that trigger symptoms
  • Self-empowered management of the sensitivity
  • Improving general health and wellbeing to build strength and resilience

While people are becoming more aware of the chemicals they use are turning to fragrance-free and natural alternatives, there is less awareness and appreciation for electrically sensitive people which adds to the challenges involved.

One of the key essentials for people to realise is that having an environmental sensitivity is no different than any other condition requiring consideration.  It doesn’t require apology or validation from others.  If someone has a bad back they would not apologise for using a trolley or asking for help and chances are no-one would question that they need this help.  

So why does this happen for environmentally sensitive people?

The answer lies in perception and understanding and this is something that takes time. Inroads are being made even if it seems slow going.  Unfortunately, these sensitivities are becoming more common and this is the reason Andrea has taken steps to develop the Self-empowered Sensitivity Management Program to help people manage ‘what is there’ in terms of the sensitivity and minimise the impact of what is experienced.  These tools have helped Andrea manage electrical and chemical sensitivities in an empowered and constructive way and have made a significant difference to quality of life, happiness and fulfilment as an environmentally sensitive person.

You’ll also find the free Environmental Sensitivity Quiz on the website which can be used as a guideline for making people aware of what is in their environment and identifying if a sensitivity may be starting to develop.  Making these connections early can make a big difference in future management.

A complimentary download is also given when signing up for the free newsletter which reveals Andrea’s Top 10 Tips for Managing an Environmental Sensitivity.

Feel free to visit the website today and learn more about this very important topic.

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