Self-care for the Highly Sensitive Person

Most highly sensitive people (HSPs) do not understand how their sensitive nervous systems work, and how it effects so much of our well-being — from sleep and focus to happiness and work. Let’s get you some self-care basics, to reduce stress, and to boost your well-being and access to your HSP gifts.

HSP well-being
HSPs can be sensitive AND wonderful at the same time, like a bright pink flower. Self-care is a key to making it wonderful.

Page contents:

  1. There’s nothing to fix about you. You have needed gifts!
  2. Learn the HSP basics.
  3. Learn some stress reduction/ self-care for HSPs.
  4. A fresh look at work life for HSPs.
  5. Stay informed and connected to HSP community.

1. There’s nothing to fix. You have gifts.

You’re wired this way for a reason. There’s a lot of gold here. However, HSPs need to understand how to work with this fine-tuned brain and body.

Taking time to learn has made a huge difference for me as a highly sensitive person. I now know how I can minimize the challenges of it, and benefit from my HSP superpowers.

Our HSP “gifts” or “superpowers” often include:

  1. An exquisite ability to understand how others are feeling and to read the room. Also known as high empathy.
  2. Deep enjoyment of beauty, nature, and positive surroundings. (People around us get to enjoy our enthusiasm and appreciation.)
  3. Creativity – not just artistic expression but the ability to see how different things can come together in fresh enriching ways.
  4. Deep sensory awareness with many senses. Seeing more details and sensing things like sounds and smells that others miss. (Like a great detective.)
  5. Depth of processing and understanding of complexities. Thorough and broad-reaching thinking.

These are all useful skills to have, for all kinds of things, and there are more gifts too.

Willow McIntosh has coined some alternative terms I like: High Sensory Person and High Sensory Intelligence®. It brings home that it’s not just a trait to tolerate, it’s a natural talent that’s needed.

Of course these traits, like any traits, have challenging sides too. So I’ve got some helpful tools and learning options for HSPs below.

Trust those great instincts of yours as to which of these will be most helpful for you. (No need to do it all.)

2. Learn the HSP Basics

Check out one or more of these, as you feel drawn:

introvert HSP confusion
Let’s clarify these labels so you can have some freedom. You’re not stuck in a box.

3. Learn Some Self-care Skills for HSPs

These self-paced classes and courses are by Julie Bjelland, a licensed psychotherapist, HSP specialist.*

Free intro classes:

  1. Sensory Overload for HSPs 
  2. HSP and Anxiety Connection
  3. Boundary Setting and Saying No for HSPs

Online courses (paid):

  1. Brain Training for HSPs: Learn Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelm
    Learn and practice tools in this self-paced course, ideally done over 8 weeks. Includes community connection.
  2. Blooming Brilliantly as an HSP
    Helps you more fully understand and appreciate who you are as an HSP. Includes tips on energy, sleep, health, relationships, stress, and all the basics of life that HSPs should know. Includes community connection. [Scholarships for Black HSPs: apply here]
  3. Sensitive Empowerment Community
    Get access to a large library of learning, as well as regular opportunities to connect online and at small caring Zoom gatherings. Like-minded community with no pressure.
    *TIP: The above 2 courses come with 8 weeks free in the Community. Great way to start.

4. A Fresh Look at Your Work Life for HSPs

These resources are from me, a career/business coach for introverts and HSPs.

Career Clarity Course

5. Stay Informed and Connected to HSP Community

*Disclaimer: If you use these links, I might receive a referral bonus, but I can honestly endorse these classes.

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