Our biological make-up gives us a predisposition to various diseases and conditions. However, our genes and biology do not dictate the outcome. As multi-talents we are highly sensitive. This sensitivity is a factor on how we respond to our environment. We may have to consider our reactions to smells/odors, light/dark, sound/noise, texture/touch, or hot/cold. Our internal chemistry (including hormones) can also predispose us to emotional experiences of agitation, depression, attention/concentration deficits, anxiety, elation or apathy.
We can make choices in how we respond and react to our internal environment and the engagement with the external environment. Our first step is an awareness of our patterns, which cues us into our predispositions that are wired. Once aware, then we need to identify a variety of options for responding and/or managing this internal dynamic. We may need to limit exposure or increase exposure to external factors to obtain our desired outcomes. For example, agitation from noise, crowds, odors, or lights; we can decrease our exposure to the stimulus. This many involve colored lenses, ear plugs, breathing masks, or small groups. Or, like with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) we may need to have a greater exposure to sunlight – direct or indirect, or be deliberate in the geographical location we live.
It is a discovery process:
- Identify what triggers our responses – internal or external
- Explore options that can assist with management or the stimulus
- Choose and try different options
- Develop a pattern that minimizes the affect and provides opportunity for the preferred experience.
This is tools for life with Dr. Edith Johnston at DareWhimsy.com. To explore more with Dr. Edith wander over to HowToInLIfe.com