10 Essential Habits For Thriving As A Highly Sensitive Person This Fall
Being Sensitive is like walking a line between heaven and earth. Our bodies are here. In the physical, but we have such a rich inner world, captivating dreams, and an insane ability to enjoy our own company, that its almost as if we live in two worlds. It is not unusual for highly sensitive people to be empathic, possess psychic abilities, or to carry within their hearts a sense of knowing. I have known I was unusual for quite some time. From around the age of five to be exact.
I remember fireflies twinkling like dazzling emeralds in the sky. I remember hot summer nights and first kisses. Mostly I remember the crunch of leaves beneath my feet, the moon playing hide-n-seek with the leaves of large oak trees, red hot tears and the feeling of being lost, forgotten, and so far away from home. The one thing I can’t quite figure out is how a young girl knew that this planet was in serious need of healing.
I’d stare up at the cosmos wondering how I got here. Tears welled in my eyes, and I’d plead to whatever it was that dropped me off on this big spinning blue rock to circle around and take me home. I longed for a place I wasn’t quite sure existed. I recall having this knowing within me. We are here to elicit change, heal our mama earth, and restore balance to this planet. This may sound crazy to some, but if you are a highly sensitive person like me this may sound familiar.
What Is A Highly Sensitive Person?
A highly sensitive person is a term created by Elaine Aron she has researched HSP since the year 1991. hsperson.com states that the highly sensitive trait is found in 15% to 20% of the population. This is a good amount of people, but not enough that it is understood by the masses. The website also states that being an HSP is INNATE. This means it is something you are born with similar to a survival technique, we are uniquely observant using our brains and thought processes before we act. If you would love to know more about Elaine and take a quiz to find out if you are a Highly Sensitive Person click here.
Traits Of The Highly Sensitive Person
- You overwhelm easily
- Have a rich inner world
- Enjoy solitude
- Need plenty of time for sleep, rest, after being around large crowds of people.
- Have a deep spiritual practice, but no religion
- Loathe violence or cruelty of any kind
- You think deeply
- You enjoy beauty of all kinds (beautiful scents, textures, places, feelings).
- Adore plants and animals
- Sensitive hearing
This is just to name a few. Keep in mind that there are many traits and characteristics that could classify you as an HSP. Regardless, you are reading this post for a reason, right?
10 Essential Habits For Thriving As A Highly Sensitive Person This Fall
Fall has always reminded me of rebirth. Things are being stripped away. The weather is cooler, the gentle tap of a fall rain zigzags down a fogged glass window. The fire crackles, and we are all consumed with the feeling of slowing down, of gathering all that we have done in the past months and tucking it away. For me, fall is a beautiful time, a time for reflection, soothing warming foods, and beautiful red, orange, and brown trees. My goal for this post is to show you how to welcome the change of fall into your life. As a highly sensitive person change of any kind can be extremely intense, even something as simple as the change of seasons. I hope to see that you have given these 10 Essential Habits For Thriving As A Highly Sensitive Person This Fall a shot.
1. Salt Water Baths/ Soak In The Ocean
Swimming in the ocean can improve your mood, decreases the risk of depression, improve sleep, and reduces stress. As highly sensitive individuals it does our souls good to energetically cleanse ourselves in the ocean or another source of water. Water is cleansing both physically and energetically. If you find yourself stressed or on the verge of depression and you don’t have a body of water near you. Run a warm bath. This can aide with sore muscles lower blood pressure and moisturizes skin.
2. Take The Day Off
I know this may come as a shock, but as a highly sensitive person, stressful work situations can take a HUGE toll on you. Especially, if you are in a position where you deal with the public or large crowds of people. Sometimes it is better to simply take the day off. Allow yourself to rest, practice meditation or another form of mindfulness, sleep or allow yourself to do nothing at all. If you can’t afford to take a day off be sure to decompress for a minimum of 45 – 60 min after your workday.
3. Eat/ Drink Warming Foods
According to the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda hot foods include root vegetables such as carrots, turmeric, beets, ginger, yams, and garlic. These foods will keep your body warm in the cooler months. In the Ayurveda, foods are not considered warm by their temperature, but by their effects on the body. So, opt for a Tumeric Latte instead of coffee early in the morning and enjoy the healing effects of this nutritionally dense spice.
Okay, I highly recommend journaling. Seriously, freakin mind dump dude! I have been doing this before I knew it was a “thing” called streams of consciousness writing. Streams of consciousness writing is a term coined by Julia Cameron the author of the Artist Way. If you are creative I highly recommend you read this book.
Anyway, streams of consciousness writing is a practice where you journal for 10 to 15 minutes straight without lifting your pin. You write down whatever comes to your mind, it doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t even have to be legible. The point of this exercise is to get everything that’s going on in your mind out and onto the page. This practice is incredibly healing, and if you haven’t tried it give it a shot for at least 30 days, and I guarantee you will experience so much mental clarity.
5. Practice Mindfulness
As a highly sensitive person, you have a deep magical inner world. That is why we sleep so much! Our dreams are like movies. So, often when I awaken I have to make sure its real life. With all that being said, most HSP have a deep spiritual practice. I don’t know what that may be for you, but for me its meditation, yoga, and sometimes sitting in silence so I can hear the whispers of the universe. My biggest ideas and epiphanies come when I slow down, rest, and listen. I also find that I pray pretty much all day. I find myself talking to God/Creator/Universe all day. He/She/It is the guiding force in my life.
6. Listen To Slow Soothing Music
Music is HEALING… I Plan to create an epic fall playlist for HSP. Fall is a time when we are settling down from the summer’s activities and now its time to cacoon ourselves in the warmth of our homes and the love of our families. Take some time to listen to music during your yoga sessions, while you cook, or while you enjoy a nice herbal glass of tea by the fire. Whatever your preference, go for it. Studies show that listening to music reduces stress, lessens anxiety, improves cognition, and improves exercise.
7. Practice Movement
I have to be honest and say I am not a big fan of exercise. I enjoy natural forms of movement such as walks in the park, swimming in the ocean, bike riding, hikes, dance, and yoga. As an HSP I bet you aren’t too thrilled about going to the gym listening to the grunts and groans of the fellow gym members. It is important that we have our peace. A walk in a park, while the leaves are changing colors, is extremely relaxing for a highly sensitive person. I can already imagine the smell of earth, crunching leaves, the warm sun kissing my heavy-lidded face, and the baby blue sky above me. Walking is said to improve circulation, lightens mood, supports joints, aides with weight loss.
8. Spend Time Alone
It is very important that we have our “me” time lol. We are not those people that need to be surrounded by people to enjoy our lives. We thrive on alone time. That is how we recharge our battery. Alone time for a HIghly sensitive person is crucial. Not taking time for yourself would be the equivalent of running your car with no gas it will give out on you eventually.
9. Speak Positive Affirmations
Affirmations are words spoken to yourself either aloud or mentally that help you overcome self-sabotage. You can repeat these to yourself while gazing in the mirror or while meditating. Really you can say these to yourself all day if you’d like. It is, however, very important that you put a feeling behind it. Saying affirmations can help you improve your own well being, and give you a sense of control over your life and circumstances.
10. Rest/ Sleep
As an HSP the best thing we can do for ourselves is sleep. I bet you have been told your entire life that you sleep a lot. Well, dear, you need it! At the very minimum, you need 8 hours. Most days I need 9 to 10, but that’s impossible with a newborn hehe. Lack of sleep is bad for anyone… let alone a highly sensitive person. Lack of sleep will lead to exhaustion, depression, and anxiety. Trust me… do not let anyone guilt trip you because you need rest.
What Actions Are You Taking This Fall To Thrive As A Highly Sensitive Person? Love Quay, and as always, Honor The Goddess Within.
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