Do you tend to feel overwhelmed by other people’s energy? Do large crowds feel like too much to you? Then you may be a highly sensitive person.
As a highly sensitive person, it’s incredibly important to learn how to set boundaries, protect your energy, and become a master of your own self-care. Here are 10 self-care methods for highly sensitive people:
#1 – Set boundaries
In a relationship where the give-and-take never seems to be equal? Are you around someone who consistently seems to try to get you wrapped up in their drama? Is there someone in your life that makes critical remarks towards you? Then set a boundary.
The boundary may be set by making a verbal statement or it may be by limiting or distancing yourself from the person. Regardless of how you do it exactly, remember that its an important component in protecting your own energy.
#2 – Meditate daily
Meditation is an excellent tool to help increase emotional stability, happiness, and mental clarity. You can meditate to a mantra, do visualizations or even a movement meditation. Grab a free copy of my guided visualization meditation Healing Blocks to Love to learn more about my album Ignite Love from Within, which includes all these forms of meditations.
#3 – Do yoga
Do yoga at least twice a week in whatever form you prefer. That could be hatha, vinyasa, kundalini, restoratives, yin, or whatever. Regardless of the type of yoga, it is all going to help you release the energy or emotions that you’re holding onto in your muscles.
#4 – Spend time in nature
In our modern world of technology and sitting in an office most of the day, it’s not surprising to see why many of us can feel stressed, overwhelmed, or just down in the dumps — it’s not our natural way of living.
So get outside. Go for a walk. Walk in the grass barefoot. Get some sunlight. Smell the flowers.
#5 – Take a salt bath
Soaking in a bath of epsom salts for about 10 to 20 minutes will help you relax your muscles and restore your entire being.
#6 – Get massage, acupuncture, or Reiki
Schedule regular appointments for a body-work of your choosing. It could be massage, reflexology, acupuncture, acupressure, reiki, or whatever.
My only stipulation is that I encourage you to be mindful about who you work with. You don’t want to work with somebody who drinks, does drugs, and doesn’t take their work seriously. A careless practitioner can do a lot of damage — especially for a highly sensitive — so be sure that you get treatments from those who do their work well.
#7 – Eat clean
What I mean by this is eliminate (or at least minimize) processed foods and eat organic as much as you can to reduce consuming any pesticide residues. I also encourage you to experiment to see what kind of diet works best for you and your body. Maybe you feel best going vegan or vegetarian. Or maybe you feel best going gluten free. Or maybe you feel at your best cutting out grains all together with a paleo diet.
No “one size fits all” for everyone all the time. So experiment and try things out to see what gives you the most energy.
#8 – Journal at the end of the day
The reason many of us can feel so stressed out and overwhelmed with things is because we never really give ourselves time to process. We never really let it all out in some way.
While talk therapy is beneficial, it is not the only way to do this. Another way to help process all the stuff that’s going on in your life is to journal. The simple act of just getting it all out on paper can be extremely therapeutic.
A great practice to do put away some time in the eventing to just journal about your day. If you’re not one to write, another option could be to draw or paint whatever you are feeling.
#9 – Breathe!
Did somebody just cut you off driving down the highway? Breathe! Someone come into the office all angry and stressed? Breathe! Can’t find your car keys? Breathe!
When we bring it back to the breath, we are able to let it all go.
#10 – Spend time at the beach
If you’re remotely near a coast, take advantage of going to the beach. The sand exfoliates your feet and gives you a little foot massage, the air is infused with uber-healthy ions and the sound of the ways is soothes the soul. It’s the perfect combination to fully relax and recharge.
Take action now!
Out of the list above, which of the self-care methods are you going to plan on doing this week? Share it in the comments below!