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Are you ready to build a life that lights you up as a highly sensitive person? In this show, you’ll feel like you’re sitting down with a friend who’s here to help you unlock your energy, find the work you’re designed to do, express your true self, and follow your heart. Every episode is heartfelt, refreshingly honest and lovingly wise, leaving you inspired to think about your life in a new way. It’s time to shift the conversation about sensitivity. In this space, your feelings are always valid, a joyful life and work you love are meant for you, and the possibilities are endless.

The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast Marya Choby

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Are you ready to build a life that lights you up as a highly sensitive person? In this show, you’ll feel like you’re sitting down with a friend who’s here to help you unlock your energy, find the work you’re designed to do, express your true self, and follow your heart. Every episode is heartfelt, refreshingly honest and lovingly wise, leaving you inspired to think about your life in a new way. It’s time to shift the conversation about sensitivity. In this space, your feelings are always valid, a joyful life and work you love are meant for you, and the possibilities are endless.

    How to Survive a Social Gathering as a Highly Sensitive Person

    How to Survive a Social Gathering as a Highly Sensitive Person

    If you’re a highly sensitive person, then you know that socializing isn’t always an easy-breezy low-stress thing.
    Because you’re a deep processor, when you’re in a group social setting, there’s a lot to tune into that can feel chaotic and overstimulating. Especially if you're in a new environment around new people. 
    Moving into a new social situation, going to holiday gatherings, parties, or weddings, requires a survival plan going in. 
    When I am going to a get-together, I approach socializing like running a marathon. You wouldn’t go into a 26-mile race or a party without a solid plan to make it through. 
    When I was in college, I survived social situations by drinking. But several years ago, I pretty much stopped drinking, even at parties. I hated how it made me feel the next day, and a single drink turned me into a quiet ghost in the corner. That was the opposite of the effect I was going for.  
    Without alcohol, I was anxious and felt like I was walking into a function naked. Unexpectedly, because alcohol wasn’t clouding my powers of observation, I learned a few things about how to survive and have more fun at social gatherings. 
    In this episode, I’m sharing what I learned that you can use to make it through a social gathering, whether or not you’re drinking. 
    In the last podcast episode of this year, you will learn...
    How to physically and mentally prepare to socializeWhat to do if you regret saying yes to an invitation at the 11th hourHow to feel more confident and practice mindful socializingAfter a night out, what you can do to stop beating yourself up for something you said or didI want you to have tips and strategies going into the holiday season to enjoy the events that you decide to attend. And also to give yourself permission to do only what feels aligned and lights you up.
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    If you have a question for me about something you hear on this podcast or want to suggest a topic for a future episode, email me at questions@happyhighlysensitivelife.com. 
    Links + Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    How to Cope with Intense Situations, Episode 3, The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast
    How to Cope with Your Feelings as a Highly Sensitive Person, Episode 4, The The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast
    This Science-Backed Mantra Will Help You Shine Under Pressure When All Eyes are on You
    The Willpower Instinct by Dr. Kelly McGonigal

    How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

    • 27 min
    A Simple Tool to Break Through Analysis Paralysis + Procrastination as a Highly Sensitive Person

    A Simple Tool to Break Through Analysis Paralysis + Procrastination as a Highly Sensitive Person

    Call it analysis paralysis, avoiding, resisting, or procrastinating. 
    As a highly sensitive person, I’ve done my fair share of putting off doing things that disrupt my inner serenity. At that moment, overthinking feels like a way to outsmart risk.  
    HSPs have what researchers call a “pause and check” response. We stop and observe a situation before diving in. It’s part of our innate survival response. And since the trait of high sensitivity shows up in over 100 species, you can even see it when you spot a pack of deer wading into a pond for a cool drink. You may notice one or two holding back, taking their time and making sure it’s safe to grab some water. 
    My hesitating and holding back happened with so many things. Having a hard conversation, initiating a breakup, setting a boundary, making an important phone call. It even happened with things that I wanted to do.
    It’s easy to find yourself stuck in analysis paralysis, trying to think your way into feeling ready to take action.  
    If you find that you’re feeling bored or uninspired in your life, maybe you’re protecting yourself and holding back too much.
    In this episode, you will learn...
    One sign that you’re in analysis paralysis and trying to think your way into feeling ready.How to discover what’s aligned for you to do, since taking aligned action naturally bolsters your desire to move forward.One simple tool to help you take action when you’re stepping out of your comfort zone.I’ve stayed stuck many times, trying to think my way into feeling ready. I know how this can become a trap for HSPs. 
    I want you to have another way to proceed so that your life expands into the life you want rather than stagnating and contracting. So the next time you’re trying to think your way into feeling ready, you’ll know the rightness of acting and be able to move forward. 
    Connect with Me
    Subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.
    Connect with me on Pinterest at Happy Highly Sensitive Life.
    If you have a question for me about something you hear on this podcast or want to suggest a topic for a future episode, email me at questions@happyhighlysensitivelife.com. 
    Links + Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    How to Cope with Intense Situations, Episode 3, The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast
    The 5-Second Rule by Mel Robbins
    Add your name to the waitlist to learn with me about your unique Human Design through a personalized 50-page written guide to your design, life purpose and unique inner voice. 

    • 19 min
    How Marya + Adam Navigate Their HSP & Empath Marriage

    How Marya + Adam Navigate Their HSP & Empath Marriage

    If you’re an HSP, an empath or someone who loves an HSP or empath, and you’re looking to understand your relationship better, this episode is for you and your partner.
    For the very first time, my spouse, Adam, is joining me on the  show! During the pandemic, I unexpectedly discovered that he is an empath who strongly feels the emotions of other people. We talk about how I made this discovery and how it gives Adam many strengths and also contributes to perfectionism and people-pleasing that leaves him worn out. 
    We talk about what Adam discovered when he took Elaine Aaron’s HSP quiz for the first time and how his results differ from mine. And about how my HSP overstimulation shows up during long family events and means I need time alone, and how in my urgency to get time by myself, I’m very much not a people pleaser. 
    Adam talks about how he makes sense of my HSP overstimulation and I talk about my perspective on Adam’s people-pleasing and how I’m learning to be patient with his perfectionism.
    This episode is inspired by questions from you, the listeners, about being in a relationship with an HSP and empath. 
    Subscribe & Review
    If you liked this episode, please rate and review The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast on Apple Podcasts. This helps other HSPs find the show. 
    To receive automatic updates, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts. Or subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.

    Connect with Me
    Continue the conversation on Instagram.
    Visit Happy Highly Sensitive Life to read my writing.
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    Links + Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    Free Myers-Briggs-based personality test at 16personalities.com

    Run a free Human Design Chart at GeneticMatrix.com using your birth date, time, country, city and state.

    Take The Highly Sensitive Person Quiz by Dr. Elaine Aron, PhD

    • 40 min
    Why You May Be Tired as an HSP and What To Do About It

    Why You May Be Tired as an HSP and What To Do About It

    My first radical act of listening to my body came in grade school. I pretended to be sick so I could stay home from school for the day. 
    Now looking back on it, I can see I was a wiped out HSP who needed a break. The world said I needed to go, but I knew I needed to stop. 
    As adults, our work, school and family obligations are a lot more complicated and you may feel like the idea of taking a day off because you’re wiped out is just as bold as playing hooky as a 7-year-old. 
    There’s huge pressure to be hustling 100 miles an hour. 
    But as a highly sensitive person, when I’m bypassing my body’s fatigue, I’m absent-minded, easily overstimulated, noise sensitive and jumpy. 
    My sugar cravings go up since lacking energy can show up as sugar cravings. And eating sugar is more likely to lead to a blood sugar crash later, which makes me hangry and even more easily overstimulated. 
    I’m definitely the HSP that can’t drink caffeine to compensate for my low energy, although back in the day, I tried drinking green tea as a pick me up. But that left me anxious, jittery and more jumpy and also kept me from getting a good night’s sleep. 
    In this episode, I’m sharing some strategies you can build into your everyday life so you have a bit more space for rest. 
    And I’m also here to nudge you to think outside the norm about how you can set up your life so that you can enjoy your days more. 
    In the latest episode, you will learn…
    5 things that can drain HSPs of energy6 breaks to consider adding to your life and day 3 gentle ways to uplevel your food choices to support energy during your day, including a doable way to eat less sugarHow to build an aligned life to counteract burnoutI hope that this episode will give you permission to pause and recharge and release the pressure to be on the go constantly. 
    Subscribe & Review
    If you liked this episode, please rate and review The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast on Apple Podcasts. This helps other HSPs find the show. 
    To receive automatic updates, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts. Or subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.

    Connect with Me
    Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast? Email me at questions@happyhighlysensitivelife.com.

    Continue the conversation on Instagram.
    Visit Happy Highly Sensitive Life to read my writing.
    Subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.
    Links + Resources Mentioned in this Episode
    Free Myers-Briggs-based personality test at 16personalities.com

    Run a free Human Design Chart at GeneticMatrix.com using your birth date, time, country, city and state. 

    Focus-To-Do App Pomodoro Timer & To Do List

    Episode 3, How to Cope with Intense Situations as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    • 27 min
    How to Cope with Your Feelings as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    How to Cope with Your Feelings as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    As HSPs, we are big-hearted people. For many of us, our parents, family, teachers and coaches didn’t know what to make of our strong feeling nature. 
    To get by, I learned to push down my emotions. Bypassing my feelings worked until I entered a more complicated phase of life and had to deal with roommates, serious relationships and a full-time job. 
    I was often a big jumble of emotions, not sure how I felt. And when I knew what I felt, I didn’t know if I had a right to say it. Worried that I would appear needy or high maintenance, I pulled away until my feelings just blew over and I got over it. But the problems kept festering under the surface with no real resolution, so they kept coming up repeatedly. 
    Looking back, the first thing I needed was a way to make sense of my feelings. And no matter how much progress I’ve made with learning to be with my feelings, from time to time I’m still not sure what’s happening with me emotionally. 
    If you can relate and you’re not sure how to make sense of what you’re feeling and how to handle big emotions, then the latest episode is for you.
    In this episode, you will learn...
    Why emotions have been mislabeled as a liability by our culture How emotions can give you an advantageWhy it’s hard to know what you’re feeling as an HSP 7 ways to cope with your feelingsOne daily practice that will give you an edge for coping with feelingsThis episode will give you tools to handle big emotions and tap into your own resilience. 
    If you have a question for me about something you hear on this podcast or want to suggest a topic for a future episode, email me at questions@happyhighlysensitivelife.com.
    Subscribe & Review
    If you liked this episode, please rate and review The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast on Apple Podcasts. This helps other HSPs find the show. 
    To receive automatic updates, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts. Or subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.

    Connect with Me
    Have a question you'd like answered on the podcast? Email me at questions@happyhighlysensitivelife.com.

    Continue the conversation on Instagram.
    Visit Happy Highly Sensitive Life to read my writing.
    Subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.
    Links + Resources Mentioned in this Episode

    Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal
    Episode 3, How to Cope with Intense Situations as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    • 26 min
    How to Cope with Intense Situations as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    How to Cope with Intense Situations as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

    As an HSP, you may find that you experience physiological changes when you’re in intense situations. You have a job interview, a serious doctor’s appointment or an unexpected problem to deal with. And your heart pounds, your stomach churns, your underarms start to sweat, the blood rushes to your cheeks, your knees go weak, and you can’t think straight. 
    Later, you try to piece together what happened by thinking about it over and over again. Your mind spins out of control, even keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. 
    This episode will help you make sense of what’s going and share strategies to cope before, during and after so you can restore physiological calm in your day and get a decent night’s sleep afterwards. 
    In this episode, you will learn:
    4 strategies for coping during an intense situationHow to help yourself recover in the minutes and hours afterwardsOne daily habit that will give you an edge over this stress response What a day in my life looks like when I have something big on the calendar and how I deal with the stressSubscribe & Review
    If you liked this episode, please rate and review The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast on Apple Podcasts. This helps other HSPs find the show. 
    To receive automatic updates, subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts. Or subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.

    Connect with Me
    Continue the conversation on Instagram.
    Visit Happy Highly Sensitive Life to read my writing.
    Subscribe to my email newsletter to receive regular news from me and notification when a new episode goes live.
    Links + Resources Mentioned in this Episode

    Episode 2  of The Happy Highly Sensitive Life Podcast, What it Means to Be a Highly Sensitive Person
    Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily and Amelia Nagoski
    Insight Timer App 
    Headspace App 

    • 32 min

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