There are many different theories on how the HSP can best flow with their sensitivity. Books such as The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron, and her more focused reads, The Highly Sensitive Child and The Highly Sensitive Person in Love, are rich seams of wisdom for anyone – HSP or not. At a practical level, there are strategies that the HSP can follow to keep in balance. They are also useful for anyone on a quest for greater equilibrium.
Because the HSP is by nature very open they let in a lot of stuff. So it’s important for the HSP to find grounding practices that bring them back down to earth and help them find their sense of centre. These methods should be used often and integrated into daily life, for the more grounded the HSP is, the more well they will feel and the more they can bring their unique gifts to the world.
1. EAT GROUNDING FOODS
This is particularly helpful when feeling wobbly and is something that can be integrated into any eating plan. The easiest way is to eat things that have been grown in the ground such as sweet potatoes, root vegetables and squash. Try to consume foods rich in minerals, such as leafy greens, or nuts that are high in iron and magnesium as they rebalance the system at a physiological level by rebalancing blood sugar levels regulating the body’s fluid balance and capacity to heal.
2. ENERGY CLEARING
Clear energy in the home and in work spaces, especially after visitors. The most commonly known method is to burn or smudge with white sage. Palo santo, or holy wood, can also be used. It is equally powerful, but has a fresher, minty fern-like smell – it also travels well so it’s good to use when on the move or when spending time in unfamiliar places.
3. GET OUTSIDE IN NATURE
A walk in the country, a stroll along the beach, or if that’s not possible, something as simple as getting barefoot in the grass helps anyone come back to centre.
4. LET NATURE IN
The simplest way to do this is to open doors or windows and let air blow through the spaces. This resets the energy to neutral. Having plants in commonly used spaces is a good idea as this essentially purifies and recycles the air. Waking and sleeping naturally is also beneficial.
Water is well known in both medical and spiritual worlds for it’s healing powers. It does many things, such as hydrating cells so they can operate and renew effectively, boosting circulation and drawing out toxins. Taking baths (ideally with Epsom salts added for an extra detox), washing hands when leaving places and swimming are all useful water practices that are good for the body and the mind. Drinking plenty of water is also particularly important for HSP – a lot of energy shifts and moves through the body in the course of an average day (more so for HSP), which can be dehydrating and therefore exhausting. Hydrating properly is critical for wellness and overall balance.
Since breathing is something that can be controlled and regulated, it is a useful tool for achieving a relaxed and clear state of mind, hence connecting with the breath is a practical way to ground. Techniques such as the 4-7-8 or Relaxing Breath technique established by Dr Andrew Weil will help to reset and regulate the nervous system, inducing an increased state of calm.
Setting and holding Boundries
knowing and then being clear on boundaries enables everyone to be at their best for themselves and for those around them.
1. SAYING NO
Being able and willing to do this is a critical part of establishing healthy boundaries for anybody. For the HSP this is particularly important, such is their sensitivity to external factors. They must be clear about what not to do or where not to go. Author Brene Brown says ‘choose discomfort over resentment’ and this can be a useful mantra to hold when developing a deeper comfort with saying no.
2. PROTECTING PHYSICAL SPACE
Life is busy and lots of time spent with other people, doing lots of different things in a variety of settings, can be draining. This is why it is important for the HSP to ensure they have a place and space that’s just for them It can be a room, a seat, a yoga mat or even a spot outdoors. This place is somewhere neutral to retreat to, to centre and ground when needed.
3. LIMITING TIME WITH SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS
Even loved ones can be too much at times, so an HSP must learn to leave a place or situation when ready, switch off the phone and take quiet time when needed. If there’s a sense that others won’t respond, try to escape for a bath – getting water and a relaxation fix at the same time.
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