As a highly excitable, intense, sensitive and/or creative person, it can be hard to sift through helpful information. There's so much good free stuff out there on the internet that it's hard to know where to begin! Fortunately for you, I've spent the last couple of years going through websites, blogs and coach materials and would like to share with you the ones who stood out for their relevance to helping use excitability for good as well as their generosity and integrity.
I focused on people and materials that help make the most of your intensity, sensitivity and/or creativity. Many of these lovely people have also agreed to be interviewed for my upcoming Embracing Intensity podcast, and I look forward to sharing their deeper story of how they've used their powers for good in their own lives!
Organize and Beautify your life with the Queen Sweep. Anna Kunnecke offers this amazing six week class for free once a year every spring! Each week she helps you go through an aspect of your life (such as your closet, or your wallet) and make it more organized and beautiful. It is arranged in a spiral format so that you can start as small as you want and revisit each year to take it deeper. The goal of the program is to create: a physical space that feels beautiful, restful, and inspiring; a streamlined closet that reflects your best self; a clear inventory of your finances and a game plan; confidence saying ‘no’ to draining obligations; feeling more present and relaxed in your life; and the ability to close loops so that you can turn off at the end of the day. You can also check out her other free classes here.
Get out of your head and connect with the real you with Our Real Work. One common issue for us excitables is that we get stuck in our head with our mind spinning and sometimes forget to check back in with our gut. Jess Ryan focuses on reconnecting with your intuition so that you can make the decisions that are right for you in your life. You can check out her free Intuition Indicator Quiz to find out your intuition style and why it's so important to living the REAL you, and/or her Chakra Cheat Sheet with practical info to help you access the Real You in the real world.
Improve your health with The 4 Areas of Self-Care for Highly Sensitive People. Mely Brown goes above and beyond with her free e-guide that provides simple yet effective tips that support your sensitive neurology. So you can embrace the right healthy habits that suit you to create better energy, comfort and flow. It covers: the 4 characteristics of high sensitivity that can make some seemingly healthy habits hurt the sensitive woman & her self-esteem; the 4 key areas of health — most wellness programs miss out at least 2 of them, so no wonder they’re doomed to fail you; smarter (not harder) sensitive-friendly self-care tips you can blend easily into your life; plus coaching tip on how to know which healthy habits to prioritize in your self-care, right now.
Love your body and yourself with the Body Love Newsletter. Anna Chapmann is one of the most inspiring humans I know! She is on a mission to help her fellow soul-sisters navigate old body image beliefs, social stigmas about what beauty is, and most importantly to defend against and purify the negative self talk we don't even realize we are saying to ourselves everyday. She has been featured on The Elephant Journal and has a very down to earth approach to self-love.
Stop looking for approval with the Approval Seeking Personality Type Quiz. I first discovered Amy Pearson looking at life coach websites in the Portland area. Her newsletter quickly became one of the few I consistently opened. She is all about being the full strength unedited version of you. And she self-identifies as a highly excitable person! I have had the pleasure of working with her one-on-one and got so much from her insights and experience. She also helps coaches to connect with their tribe and focus on the things that will help build their business in the most leveraged way.
Embrace your multiple passions with this Resource Guide for Multipotentialites. People who are excitable in mind and/or imagination may find they have so many interests that it's hard to focus on just one. If this is true for you, you might be a multipotentialite. A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits. Emily Wapnick of puttylike.com shares how being a multipotentialite can be a great thing in her Ted talk on Multipotentiality. She also has a membership based online community forum called the Putty Tribe where multipotentialites can gather and discuss their varied passions and interests.
Grow your happy sensitive intuition with this free kit from the Happy Sensitive. Caroline Van Kimmenade has set out to build a community of happy sensitives. She shares tips and insights on using your empathy and perfectionism in a positive way. She also has several programs that are presented in a variety of formats that make them accessible to anyone looking to explore using their sensitivity in a positive way. I've just started her practical perfectionism course and my favorite thing so far is her perfectionism flow chart that gets you thinking about whether striving perfection in this moment is useful.
Explore your creative side with this Access Your Infinite Creativity Guided Meditation or How to Craft a Talisman e-book. Cynthia Topp has dedicated herself to: helping blocked artists find their playful inner child so they can live in an endless flow of creativity, helping entrepreneurs plot their path and overcome fears so they can create the business they envision and helping YOU dare to take a leap into the unknown so you can follow your dreams and create your best life. Her passion is to help creative, artistic people work through their mind clutter, limiting beliefs, and other assorted junk, to take their art to a place of infinite flow, and their business to a place of ridiculous profitability.
Attract your own tribe in your business with Stella Orange's guide: They Won't Pay You Gourmet Prices If Your Copy Screams Fast Food. Stella had me at "are you writing for muggles or wizards?" Since many highly excitables have a passion for making a difference, entrepreneurship is a common goal. If you are like me though, the whole selling part of the job might not come easy. Stella approaches copywriting for your business in a fun way, and has developed a great community of business owners who are making a difference. She thrives on encouraging people to use what makes them different and stand out as the super powers that they are.
Balance Your Energy with my Self-Care Toolkit. You want to make a difference in the world so you push yourself as far as you can. You tend to be self-critical and put other people's needs before your own. You're afraid to stop because you know you'll just crash and your affect on others is your best motivation to move forward! But here's the thing, research has shown that a happy person is a more productive person. If you don't take the time to take care of yourself, you will not be as effective in your attempts to change the world. Plus, believe it or not, you deserve a little TLC. In fact, your drive to make difference is connected to the very reason you need extra self-care. You are highly attuned to your environment. You pick up on things many others don't and respond more intensely. For this reason, you are more likely to burn out if you don't take care.
Wherever you are at in your mission to harness the power of your excitability, these tools are a good starting off point to explore their work and decide if you want to dive deeper. They are all about celebrating the uniqueness of you and using your differences as strengths.
I will be adding additional resources I've found useful in embracing intensity in the comments below. Please share any that come to mind for you as well!