In talking with highly sensitive people on a regular basis, I have noticed that most of us require a solid roster of coping strategies for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) to effectively manage our nervous systems. Because HSPs have more mirror neurons and therefore take in more stimuli through all of our five senses, it's fairly normal to need more downtime and coping strategies than other non-sensitive people. ... Read More
HSP self-care is vital to take care of yourself as a highly sensitive.
As a psychologist, I’m frequently asked if I believe that people can change as adults. Frankly, I don’t think I could have lasted a quarter of a century in this field if my answer weren’t an emphatic YES! Adults can and do change across their lifespans, despite the cliches of the grumpy elder who is stuck in their ways. Let’s look at HSP Aging from the research about adult development and how we can use this information to support ourselves as aging highly sensitive people (HSPs).... Read More
Downtime for HSPs is a common area of question. We HSPs often don't look like our friends or family in terms of necessary downtime. In truth, we need more sleep than average, sometimes as much as 10 or 12 hours. We love having multiple hours a day alone, and we need good chunks of downtime to maintain our sanity and feel satisfied with life.... Read More
As a creative Highly Sensitive Person, overwhelm can often take over my landscape. However, I have found that incorporating creative self-care practices into my routine can help alleviate stress and calm my nervous system. In fact, you can curb HSP overwhelm through creativity. Even if you don't consider yourself a creative person, there are still ways to leverage creativity to reduce anxiety and feel more centered. In this section, I will share six of my favorite ways to creatively reduce overwhelm.... Read More
In recent years, many researchers, psychologists, and therapists who study the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) have been asking the question, is there a connection between HSP and neurodiversity? As an HSP, you may have heard about the discussion of sensitivity fitting into the term, "neurodivergence" or "neurodiversity" and not know if it applies to you as a Highly Sensitive Person. ... Read More
As highly sensitive individuals, we often feel overwhelmed by the noise and chaos of our daily lives. Our heightened sensitivity to our surroundings can make it challenging for us to navigate through a world filled with distractions. One essential aspect for any Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) to master is finding and enjoying silence, as it helps us recharge our senses and regain inner balance. These friendly tips to find silence as an HSP can make or break your experience. Consider adding one or two of these options to your self-care repertoire.... Read More