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If you identify as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), chances are you have realized that you need more self-care than the average person. You may struggle with loud environments, bright lights, and crowded restaurants, and prefer quiet, calm, low-stress situations and relationships. You need more downtime. You require more rest and quiet than others. You might be introverted AND an HSP meaning that you need to monitor how much time you are with people and how to recoup alone to regain your energy. The more you understand yourself as a Highly Sensitive Person, the more you’ll find the need for self-care practices and tools. In this article, we share 8 self-care tools for the Highly Sensitive Person to better equip you for your self-care needs.
If you consider yourself a Highly Sensitive Person, have you thought about where you draw your energy from? The debate of introversion (drawing energy from alonetime) or extroversion (drawing energy from being with people) is complex. Yet, it’s a simple question, and you might think, “duh, I’m an extrovert or an introvert.” But we aren’t exclusively just one or the other. Most likely, we are a combination of both, and other innate traits make it easy for us to err in thinking we are solely one or the other. There’s a third trait, the trait of High Sensation Seeking (HSS) also at play. Let’s take a closer look at the relationship between extroversion, introversion, and High Sensation Seeking in Highly Sensitive Persons.
In the workplace, the characteristics of the trait can show up as both beneficial and challenging–not only for the HSP, but for their managers and coworkers, too. Managing and working with Highly Sensitive People well is a worthy goal.
If you are one of the 15-20% of the population who has the highly sensitive trait, you know how challenging everyday situations can be — with environments and also with people. While no one can control every situation, there are things Highly Sensitive People (HSP) can do at their workplace to minimize environmental stimulation and emotional energy overload.
Highly Sensitive People, or HSPs, comprise 15-20% of the population, according to the researcher, Dr. Elaine N. Aron. As highly sensitives, we often wrestle with overprocessing, overthinking, and overstimulation because of the additional mirror neurons in our brains that cause us to notice more stimuli, feel things more deeply, and react differently to the world around us. There are many great qualities of the HSP and perhaps my favorite is our ability to process the world around us deeply. For this reason, keeping a journal or using a workbook created specifically for Highly Sensitive People can be extremely helpful. Workbooks for the Highly Sensitive Person can help shed light on the trait in positive ways and help find health self-acceptance and joy
When I started researching sensitivity, I wasn’t sure what the differences were between the term “empath” and the term “highly sensitive person (HSP).” It seemed to me that they could mostly be used interchangeably, yet there were some subtle differences between the terms even though the difference between a Highly Sensitive Person and an empath can be nuanced.