The Healthy Sensitive

Hi, I’m Leah Burkhart…

I’m an HSP,  an introvert, a writer, a podcaster, a wellness coach, and a giant goofball.

I grew up thinking that I was a kind of alien. On the one hand, I have always been affectionate. I enjoy the company of people I feel comfortable with. But I never seemed to get as much joy out of every-day recreational activities as most others did. I didn’t love sleepovers or slumber parties as a kid. If I’m being honest, I didn’t really like any parties. I loved curling up with a good book. I enjoyed listening to my relatives discuss politics, and even tried to interject when I thought I might have something to offer.

For years, in an effort to connect with people (because I really do like people, after all) I learned how to downplay my discomfort with activities other people appeared to love. I learned how to be a boisterous, confident, multi-tasking achiever.

Unfortunately, my health was the cost. My body started to rebel at my lifestyle. I developed anxiety and insomnia…which festered into physical and emotional exhaustion. The combination of all that burrowed me straight into a legitimate depression.

Through a combination of academic curiosity ( I got a master’s degree in holistic health education) alongside the spirit of experimentation ( I put all that ivory-tower academic information into practice) I gradually started to pull myself up. Through my exploration, I discovered that I have a trait – sensory processing sensitivity – that makes my nervous system more vigilant than the average person. I am not, it turns out, an alien! I’m just one of about 20% of other people who process things deeply. As a consequence, I get more easily overstimulated, feel things intensely, and pick up on subtle stimulus in my environment.

It took a little over a decade, but I finally figured out how to hack my system and live a life that included community, connection and professional stability…AND health, contentment, and a measure of sanity.

Now, I want to help others…fellow HSP’s… cultivate robust health, rewarding relationships, inspired work, financial security and plain old fashioned contentment. Basically I want to put all my personal experience and my academic pig-skin to good use and save others from the decades of work I had to muddle through.

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Even Introverts Need Community

I love my alone time. As far as I can recall, I have ALWAYS loved my alone time. When I am alone, I am at home. There is no impulse to determine what other people around me might need. I don’t feel the internal tug to regulate other people’s emotions. I’m not walking into a … Continue reading Even Introverts Need Community

It’s Both And…Not Either Or

I don’t know whether this is a uniquely American problem…or if it’s more of a universal human problem…but it’s amazing to me just how many people fall into the either-or trap. You are either happy in your relationship, or you are not. You are either grateful, or you are striving for more. You are either … Continue reading It’s Both And…Not Either Or

What If You Don’t Have to Work Hard?

We have a philosophy, here, in the United States that paints a picture of what success is supposed to look like. Actually…”paint a picture” is a little soft. Let’s say, instead, that we have an algorithm we use in the United States that is intended to mimic what we think success requires. If you work hard, you … Continue reading What If You Don’t Have to Work Hard?

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