“Is Overwhelm zapping your energy and holding you back in life?”
A page for an online course by Julie Bjelland continues:
“Highly Sensitive People have particular brain differences that make us more susceptible to high stress, overwhelm and even anxiety.
“Thankfully there is a way to train your HSP brain so you can live your fullest life.”
Julie Bjelland, LMFT is a psychotherapist and author specializing in the trait of high sensitivity, and a highly sensitive person herself.
She notes, “My mission is to help HSPs thrive.”
Learn more about her online course: Brain-Training Program For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs).
In this video about her course, Julie Bjelland talks about the personality trait of high sensitivity and our brain responses :
Some of what we do [in the course] is talk about our particular limbic system.
We have an overly activated amygdala, for example, and that creates that fight flight freeze part where our brain doesn’t always understand that we’re not actually in danger so it sends out signals to to release adrenaline and that’s when we notice our heart racing.
And what’s important to understand is… if you kind of think of it as having two parts of your brain: there’s the emotional brain and there’s the cognitive brain.
When the emotional brain is activated, the cognitive brain kind of goes to sleep.
And within the cognitive brain is where you have rational thought and facts and information.
Whereas in the emotional brain, you are trapped in emotion, irrational thought – you can lose focus, lose access to memory.
That’s where we can get very reactionary and even have meltdowns.
We even talk about the sensory experiences.
A lot of a HSPs don’t realize that some of the extreme irritability you might have on particular days or even moments when you feel like you’re angry, for example – sometimes that’s actually sensory triggering.
Remember – this is a trait called sensory processing sensitivity.
- A testimonial about the course:
Natalie Donohoo said:
“This brain training course has been life changing.
“I have tried other self- help books, mini trainings and counseling but this by far met me right where I was in my body, mind, and soul.
“The biggest aha moment was my perspective on who I am, a super human with super traits.
“And just like any other super hero, I have to learn how to use my super powers for my own good and to better the world around me.
“Another amazing part of this course was being able to connect with others that have the same traits as me. So often we want to be “normal” and “fit in” and this course helped me to see how I fit in and helped me grow more.
“Often times others would post something that I could relate to without me being aware of it before.
“The awareness, self-care, and daily accommodations I have made as a result of this training has enhanced my life.
“I am less overwhelmed (something I never thought I would experience), less stressed/anxious, and I am able to enjoy myself and life around me without the chaos.
“My yoga, prayer, and meditation practice have just sky rocketed. I see this as a form of nutrition for me-like a meal I need to have every day to survive.
I love it. This course has not only enhanced my personal life, but has helped me help others in my professional life more effectively.
“I am so thankful for Julie and this course. I can’t wait to get her book as an ongoing life reference.”
(Photo: Natalie Donohoo with husband Matthew from her Facebook page.)
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- Learn more about the course:
Julie Bjelland writes:
“You are beautifully sensitive.
“You have the power to transform your stress, anxiety, and overwhelm into a sense of calm and groundedness — all through proven brain-training practices…
“HSPs like you have profound gifts hidden underneath the challenges of high sensitivity.
“Because only 20% of the population are HSPs, though, you might find that the world is not set up well for you. As a result, you might end up feeling like something is wrong with you or like you don’t fit in…
“Science now validates what you’ve personally experienced as an HSP…”
From her post: “HSP Brain Training – Transform Stress Into Calm” in the Blog section of her site Sensitive Empowerment.
“Julie’s Brain Training Course for HSPs was a transformational point in my life. I can now better understand the “why” behind my needs, thoughts, and behaviors.
“I am able to bring consciousness and reflection into my daily life, while learning techniques to calm my overstimulated nervous system.
“I feel empowered because I am giving myself permission to live my life in a way that supports me.”
– Kiley Hanish, Founder, Return to Zero: H.O.P.E., California.
She is a doctor of occupational therapy, and with her husband created the Emmy-nominated film Return to Zero, starring Minnie Driver and Paul Adelstein, which is the first to tackle the subject of stillbirth.
“This course has helped me open my heart up to myself. It has changed my perspective and taught me that my sensitive trait is a gift not something to be endured painfully in my life. I feel calmer, more positive and hopeful. I recommend this course to anyone with High Sensitivity who needs understanding and acceptance of themselves. Give yourself this gift!”
– Alicia, Santa Cruz, CA
“I highly recommend that highly sensitive people take Julie Bjelland’s HSP course.
“This thorough and well-researched class contains many techniques to help transform the HSP’s life.
“Even if the student implements only a portion of the many practical and innovative methods that are presented in the course for calming the sensitive nervous system, the HSP will live a happier, more tranquil and productive life.”
– Ted Zeff, Ph.D. author of “The Highly Sensitive Person Survival’s Guide,” “The Strong Sensitive Boy,” and ” The Power of Sensitivity.”
“I feel calmer, not as easily overwhelmed or stressed. Feeling more in control is such a blessing. I am grateful to have found this training course when I did.
“With the tools that I learned on the course, I know that my life is changed for the better…overwhelm is slowly being replaced with calm, joy, and hope for my future. Julie, I am forever grateful for your work and research, and for providing this online opportunity to share your knowledge.” — Mia, Ontario, Canada
- See more testimonials from Graduates, and from Therapists and Psychologists: HSP Course Reviews page.
For more about another book of hers, see article: How to Thrive – The Empowered Highly Sensitive Person book.