Highly sensitive people tend to perceive and process the world at a deeper level. They are often labeled as shy or overdramatic. They are neither shy or overdramatic they are tuned into the environment. It’s part of the nature of a highly sensitive person.
Has anyone ever told you that you are oversensitive? A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) refers to people with the personality trait of Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) and is believed to affect up to 20 percent of the population.
The SPS trait is described to be “greater sensitivity and responsiveness to the environment and social stimuli.” It’s important to understand this is not a personality condition or disorder. For some HSP’s it can be extremely difficult to handle the overstimulation. A deeper understanding of HSP can be helpful if you are an HSP or know someone that it.
- Sensitive to smell and taste and notice subtle changes in temperature and pressure.
- Are sensitive to noise.
- Easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights.
- Feel the textures of food, fabric, etc at a higher level than peers.
- May choose to sit in the corner or a place to be aware of what’s going on but protected at the same time. This is because they feel the energy in places and spaces.
- Can pick up on other people’s moods and can be affected by their mood.
- Can get rattled when they have a lot to do in a short amount of time.
- Avoiding violent movies and TV shows
- As a child seen as sensitive or shy.
- Make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations
- Withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from the situation
- Easily can be overwhelmed and overloaded, leading to becoming tense, exhausted and confused.
How To Go With The Flow
There are strategies one can follow to remain in balance and go the flow of being an HSP. It can also be helpful for anyone that is looking to add balance to their life.
The nature of an HSP is very open, they tend to let a lot of stuff in. It’s important for an HSP to find practices that are grounding. This will help them find their balance and sense of self. These methods should be a part of your daily routine.
1. Eat Grounding Foods – Eat foods that are grown in the ground such as sweet potatoes, root vegetables, and squash. Try to consume foods that are rich in minerals such as leafy greens and nuts. Eat foods high in magnesium and iron as they rebalance the body, balance blood sugar levels, regulate your body’s fluid and aid healing.
2. Energy Clearing – Clear energy in your home or workspace! The best known is to burn or smudge with white sage. Palo Santo or holy wood can be used as well. Hematite, Smoky Quartz, and Jasper are grounding crystals. You can have them in your home or carry around with you.
3. Get Outside In Nature – A walk outside to get fresh air is a great way of grounding yourself. If you don’t have time for that, putting your bare-feet in the grass for a couple of minutes works great.
4. Let Nature In – A great way to do this is open doors or windows and get fresh air flowing through your home. This resets the energy in the space as neutral. Having plants is also a common way to bring nature into your home, as plants purify the air.
5. Water – Water is known to be the best healer. It does many things, such as hydrating your cells, increase circulation and remove toxins from the body. Taking a bath with Epsom salts is a great way to calm your body down from a long day.
Drinking plenty of water is a must for HSP’s. There are so many energy shift and movement in the body in just one day (especially for HSP’s), which can dehydrate the body. Hydrating is so important to keep your body in balance.
6. Relax Your Breathing – Connecting with your breath is a great way to ground yourself. Learning breathing techniques, such as extending your inhale and exhale by counting to four is a great way to slow down your breathing. This will help you reset and regulate your nervous system and create a sense of calm.
Setting And Holding Boundaries
Setting healthy boundaries allows HSP’s to be their best self which helps them and those around them.
1. Saying No– Being able to do this is an important part of establishing healthy boundaries. Be clear on what not to do or where not to go.
2. Protecting Physical Space – Life is hectic and full of events and time spent with others which can be draining. It is important for a person with HSP to ensure they have a place and space just for them. It can be anything from a room, yoga mat, chair, anywhere! This is a place to retreat and feel centered.
3. Limiting Time With Specific Individuals – There are people in your life that can be draining at times. These people can even be friends and loved ones. Learn to leave when needed, switch off your phone, and take some time for yourself.
4. Living In Line With Natural Energy – Choose places and spaces with natural light and make sure to go outdoors daily.
If you carry the qualities of an HSP know that you are not alone.