Day 10 of the 2021 Empowerment Guide for HSPs. The COVID19 pandemic has surely been a disruptive force in society to say the least as workers found themselves suddenly confronting being at home and, either, being unemployed or working from home for the first time. This unintentional “experiment” has allowed many to get a taste of what it might be like to work from home, including the challenges and opportunities. Some HSPs will simply love the newfound freedom and time and space to think and process, while others will miss the interactions in person and the exterior life of moving about in society.
In a real sense, the pandemic has fast forwarded us to new ways of thinking about work, career, and how we accomplish work. Going forward, as the vaccine rollout unfolds throughout 2021 and society begins to navigate how to return to a new reality, the learnings for HSPs are not things we should casually toss aside as work again calls.
If you have benefited from working from home you should work towards setting up a situation where that may be your longer-term arrangement, even if it means changing companies, industries, even your whole career focus, if you have one. 2021 is the time when you need to speak up and ask for what you need, without fear and without equivocation, because now you have likely demonstrated that the same work may be accomplished while working from home, to the same or better level, and companies and organizations have seen these results as well. The coming fight is for worker’s rights and for the ways we perform at our best when our needs are met.
Maybe that means you need to be self-employed or work as a contractor, or maybe it means you need to retool your skills or gain some marketable skills. Whatever you need to do to make your life work for you, do it now and stop hesitating and procrastinating. The opportunities of the 21st century are there to be had. Now is the time to make your life work you as a highly sensitive person.
Today’s article is from my dear ICHS colleague, Elena Lupo. Dr. Lupo does incredible work in Italy to raise awareness of sensory processing sensitivity, as well as teach coping and healing strategies to HSPs and their sensitive children.
About Elena Lupo
Elena Lupo, Ph.D. is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist based in Italy. She works in a body-oriented approach (Biosistemica) with highly sensitive men, women and children investigating and advocating coping strategies, psychosomatic issues and supporting the healthy parenting and teaching of highly sensitive children. She is the author of “Il Tesoro dei bambini sensibili”, 2017 and leads workshops about having boundaries using the body oriented approach. She is a member of the International Consultants on High Sensitivity. Connect with Elena on Facebook or Instagram.
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