Advantages of Being A Highly Sensitive Person with Eczema
It really helps to have a sensitive disposition (beyond having sensitive skin) when you have eczema. This is because your perception of your experience has a higher potential of being more in tune with your body, more than other “normal” people. I am a highly sensitive person and this has ended up working well for me. In the past, it has worked against me, but these days, I use this ability to sense things very deeply and quickly to my advantage.
Being drawn to options
There have literally been times where I’m thinking of a problem with my eczema or am looking for a new, safe, organic moisturizer and soon after, sometimes immediately after that thought, I energetically felt magnetized to a product or food or read something that just resonated with me in a positive way. Like, I should try this product, or eat that food, or read that book to get the answer that I’m seeking.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
For example, fourteen years ago, when I read my first article on Traditional Chinese Medicine for eczema, I instinctively knew that it would be helpful to me and I was curious about trying it. One week after reading that article, I met my miracle worker in San Francisco and seeing her helped me clear 75% of my rashes after the first visit and I achieved a 100% remission after 6 years of consistent visits and using the elimination diet.
I think as sensitive people with eczema, we’re constantly making apologies and made to feel bad about how our sensitivities lead to skin irritations easily. But the older I get, the more I realize the world is on a grey scale and things aren't always so black and white. And that is also true with being sensitive.
Patterns in eczema
Over time, with self-observation of patterns of your rashes, what triggers them and what helps them, you can learn to become sensitive and aware to things that not only make your body feel worse but make it feel better, too! And that alone can be a powerful way to find what you need and help you gravitate towards a healing and positive path.
Avoiding potential eczema triggers
Another example of my sensitivities being a positive gift is that there have been times at a party, meeting, or other group gatherings where I could literally hover over a food with the intention to eat it and get a very physical energetic reaction that felt like fire spreading on my hands. This sensation I would then interpret as a dangerous feeling and know that my body is warning me ahead of time that if I eat this food it will be inflammatory and make me scratch and suffer.
How do you start to use your sensitivities to your advantage, you might wonder? For me, the process started with studying Holistic Health at San Francisco State University and reading books about the Mind-Body Connection.
The idea that our lives are a combination of holistic factors really helps as well as doing meditation regularly to relax my nervous system including my brain and open my mind up to perceiving my 5 senses more deeply. I meditate for at least 15 to 30 minutes first thing every morning so that I can be completely in touch with my body and my spirit. That really helps me to keep my radar sharp as I go about my day going through different stressors and eating out.
Taking a meditation or gentle yoga class can also be helpful. There are some restorative poses in yoga that a really great friend the nervous system and are really important for developing your sensitivities and perception as tools for your healing journey.
Energetic and spiritual?
Would you also consider yourself a highly sensitive person? Not just in physical sense, but in the energetic and spiritual sense? And have you found any benefits or advantages from being so sensitive? If so, I would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section down below. Thank you for reading and wishing you all much healing!
How often do you downplay your eczema to other people?