I want to start this article by saying I was never diagnosed with HSP. However, I do really recognise myself in the symptoms and I think it’s not important for me personally, do get the ‘official label’. Also, I do not like to label other people, I actually hate the words introvert and extrovert but I fully understand that it might help other people to label themselves sometimes.
So what is HSP (high sensitive person)? I’ts not a disorder, problem or illness, it is more like a personal trait. You may recognise some of the following HSP symptoms:
– Experiences emotions more intensely than others.
– Picks up on others emotions rather quickly.
– Has a lot of empathy and often has a big imagination.
– Prone to depression and anxiety.
These are just some of the many symptoms for a high sensitive person. I think that I haven’t always been a HSP but I think I become more sensitive over the last couple of years. I started to become more aware of my own and others emotions. Something else I realised is that some people literally sucked the energy out of me, I felt so drained after I hung out with them. Even if it was just for a short time! Last year I struggled with anxiety and depression but I know I came out a lot stronger. Now I know I want to help others and continue to heal myself, learning how I can heal others too. It’s an interesting process.
Anyway, back to HSP and how you can deal with high sensitivity. I found some things that really worked for me and I am excited to share them with you on my blog. Hopefully they work for you as they work for me.
Take a step back and take your space.
It’s totally OKAY to want your space. Find a place that you can call your own, where you are completely in your own ‘zone’. This can be at your own home but it can also be outside; at the beach or in a forest.
Learn how to give back unwanted energy.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and after that conversation you just feel drained, like someone sucked all the energy out of you? That doesn’t necessarily mean that this person is toxic, it could mean you just have different vibrations. I call these kind of people ‘vampires’. Since I am more aware of my own energy and the energy of others, it became easier to spot these vampires. I learned how to shut myself ‘off’. I simply visualise a white blanket over me, not receiving the other persons energy and I don’t feel so drained anymore. It’s a really weird tip but it’s super helpful to me.
Nature is so amazing! I can’t say this enough but it is SO therapeutic. Spending a couple hours outside in the nature will energise me so much. Walking barefoot in the sand and dirt, is also really good for your whole system. “Earthing” has some really surprising health benefits like reducing stress and boosted immunity.
Surround yourself with understanding people.
Not everyone will understand HSP. Some may even say you are overreacting or that you should get over yourself. If talking to that person doesn’t help, you may want to distance yourself from that person. You don’t need anyone in your life that doesn’t even try to understand what you are going through. Surround yourself with positive and openminded people and you will feel so much more comfortable.
Have you ever heard of HSP and do you recognise these symptoms? Let me know! XX