Playing with Arousal: Moving Out of Anxiety and Depression

By |2021-06-30T12:44:22-05:00July 2nd, 2021|Categories: Anxiety and Depression, Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Personal Coaching, Personal Evolution|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hi Friends! I felt the urge to reach out and connect with you through writing. I'm having a delightful summer with lots of sunshine, socializing, exercise and free time. In my free time, I have been watching intriguing shows like Homeland and Lost. It is the second time around for me and Lost. I'm watching it [...]

How to Deal With Envy, Competition and Knee-Jerk Negativity

By |2018-08-24T14:25:46-05:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Depression, Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Parenting, Personal Evolution, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In his book, "Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression — and the Surprising Solutions", Johann Hari mentions a female friend who suffered from constant envy. Anytime she heard of someone's success she immediately thought of a negative attribute of that person to balance out her jealousy. If her friend was physically attractive, she told [...]

Socializing Gives Introverts Energy? How Having Fun with Others Benefits Us

By |2019-03-17T15:39:25-05:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Depression, Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Personal Coaching, Personal Evolution, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is the 400th post on space2live (blog) and brendaknowles.com (website)!! That's a lot of writing on my favorite topics: introversion, sensitivity, relationships, parenting, divorce, anxiety, resilience and connecting. I am so happy to have this outlet. I've met so many wonderful people through writing. Thanks for reading and sharing with me! Please enjoy the latest [...]

When Fun Feels Taxing: Surviving a Socially Packed Weekend

By |2018-03-25T16:26:57-05:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: Anxiety and Depression, Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Personal Evolution, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Photo by Scott Warman on Unsplash Last Thursday, I had that feeling of impending overwhelm. I looked at my calendar and saw four highly engaging events in a row starting on Friday at 4:15PM and running through Sunday morning. I saw very little downtime between endeavors and lots of being "on". Most introverts or [...]

Need Revitalizing? The Energy of Meaningful and the Power of Deadlines

By |2016-12-08T13:29:55-06:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Intuitive Living, Personal Evolution, Relationships|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The past couple of months, I scheduled the hell out of myself. And it was OK. I managed just fine. I didn't lose it. I didn't get sick. I didn't have anxiety attacks. Actually, I feel energized. Over the last few days, I took time to reflect on why I'm juggling so well this year, when [...]

Why I’m Not Losing It This Holiday Season: How One Introvert Beat Christmas Burnout

By |2015-12-21T15:06:43-06:00December 20th, 2013|Categories: Emotions and Energy, Introverts and Highly Sensitive People, Personal Evolution|Tags: , , , , , , |

This is the time of year when I usually white knuckle it through jam packed days filled with holiday preparations and obligations. This is when I usually sleep erratically and smile minimally. This time of year is a push for me. It often feels like have to instead of want to, which makes me sad. It's [...]

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