How to find balance as a Highly Sensitive Person

Being a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) can present many challenges. Moving from one over stimulating experience to another can be overwhelming and exhausting on the best of days. It is important to learn tools to help you navigate through life with more ease, feeling empowered and confidence with your ability to cope no matter what the situation presents.

Since I can remember I also struggled with loud noises, crowds of people, smells and an over abundance of stimulation often overwhelmed me. As a child I knew no different and thought everyone experienced life in such a loud and intense manner. It was in my 30’s I discovered how different I am from others. I notice the smallest shifts in energy and experience everything at high frequency. This awareness has helped me to work towards finding ways to release my anxiety and find balance. Instead of losing myself in these experiences I learned to empower myself into embracing this unique and beauty gifts of sensitivity. There are many tools I have utalized to help me in this journey. I hope in sharing this it may help someone else change their perception from seeing these sensitivities as gifts instead of a burden.

1: Self care practices. Practicing some form of self care every single day, is so important to help you stay balanced so that you can handle the world around you more easily. “We can’t pour from an empty cup.” -as the saying goes. Finding those self care practices are important in preventing anxiety as well as helping you ground back down when feeling drained from the outside world. Find something that you enjoy that feels comforting and grounding. Whether that is physical activity like biking, hiking or yoga, reading, journaling, creative art, or meditation, find what you love do it as often as you need.

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2: Pick your circle of friends carefully. Surround yourself with supportive people. People that understand your needs and will not take offence to you bowing out of an event because you are feeling overwhelmed. These are the people that will lift you up and encourage you to embrace your unique gift instead of criticizing it as a weakness.

3: Do things that make you happy. Go on an adventure hiking, or travelling. Try something new and exciting. It can be exhausting living in a world that wasn’t made for sensitive souls so taking time to find the joy in the chaos is a great way to see the silver lining on those more difficult days.

4: Time alone. This is an important way for a HSPs to rebalance. If you are feeling overwhelmed and the world is closing in on you, the best things to do is to sneak away somewhere quiet. Close the door, bury yourself in your covers and block out any stimulation. Take as long as you need to breath and calm the nervous system by shutting out the outside world. This isn’t running away from life, but a way of pressing the pause  to refocus your energy.

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5: Cleansing your space. Keeping you energetic space cleansed is very important. Unlike empaths a HSP do not tend to take on energies from others but if you are like me and you are both a HSP and an empath this is a must to staying healthy. You can cleanse your space by burning sacred smoke like sage, palo santo or sweet grass. You can cleanse your space with selenite or rock salt. Finding what works best for you, and do it as much as you need to.

6: Setting energetic boundaries. This can be done in many different ways. Before you go out into the world, you can visualize that you have roots growing deep into the earth that helps ground you. Or imagine that you are in a bubble and you have created this safe space that is calming that no amount of stimulation can break through. Taking some of these visualizations with you as means to create a space of control and safety to help you better navigate through all the stimuli.

7: Holistic tools. You can use grounding crystals to carry with you, or practice breathing techniques and mini meditations if you find yourself in overwhelming situations. Make sure that you not only utilize these tools when you are out in the world but also as a way of grounding back down when you come home. Having a salt bath, burning sage or listening to calming music are just a few ideas that can help bring you back into balance after a long and overwhelming day.

8: Boundaries. This is the most important things to understand and set straight especially as a HSP. Saying “no” is not only o.k it is NECESSARY for a healthy mind, and emotional state. Learning where you need to draw the line will depend on what you are  comfortable with. Best advice is to listen to your intuition, if you feel resistance in any way it most likely is a sign that you need to set up a boundary.

9: Connect to your needs regularly and honour them. Spending time throughout the day to connect to yourself and your needs. Honour what ever comes to the surface as your intuition guiding you back to equilibrium. Make sure to follow through taking the necessary actions to treat and prevent feelings of anxiety and exhaustion.

10: Spending time in nature. Fill your soul up by spending time in nature. When we escape the busyness of the city and get away from the noise, the electronics, and the pollutants we can rebalance ourselves faster then doing anything else. Nature is the only place free of all of that buzzing that can effortlessly put you into the parasympathetic nervous system. Slowing everything down and allowing a safe space to just be and breathe.

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These practices are not only beneficial for HSPs but anyone looking to find more balance in life. Pick the things that speak to your needs and adjust them accordingly. We are all different so take time find what works best for you so you can begin to embrace your unique gifts and beautiful sensitivities.

Ways to incorporate the healing energy of crystals into your day

There are MANY ways to use crystals in your everyday life. Each crystal is unique and carries with it it’s own vibrational frequency and energy just as we as are all different and unique. I wanted to share a few ways you can begin to incorporate the use of crystals to help you feel more connected and balanced.

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1) One of the most common ways is to wear your crystals as jewlery or carrying them in your pocket or purse. This is a great way to use the protective and grounding aspects of certain crystals as you move throughout your day. Wearing crystals is a great reminder of your personal intention that you set forth.

2) Using them in meditation in the way of mala beads or simply choosing a crystal that carries the energy that you are needing and holding it in your hand during meditation. You can also place crystals around your yoga mat to set an intention and amplify your personal practice.

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3) I absolutely love setting up crystals around my house to help in creating a peaceful and supportive environment. Picking out some beautiful crystal candle holders can really help to set the mood and create that connection.

4) Using crystals in your bath or even in your drinking water can help to yoke the cleansing energy of water with the healing energy of crystals. *Make sure to check that the crystals you are using is safe to be placed in water*

5) Placing crystals under your pillow can help to enhance spiritual dreams and open up a path way for a more deeper connection to your subconscious and even offer support if you are experience nightmares.

6) Using crystals in reiki and healing session to aid in balancing charkas can be a powerful healing tool.

7) A selenite wand is an example of a crystal that can aid in cleansing your aura and energetic space.

8) Setting up an intentional crystal grid with gemstones you picked yourself is such a beautiful way to create a visual for manifesting the things you want to bring into your life. Setting up a crystal grids is helpful during transitional times in life. Creating grids for healing, support, creativity, abundance, and so much more.

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These are a few simple ways you can begin to use the healing powers of crystals each and everyday.

 

Cleansing Our Energetic Space

We all know the importance of keeping our homes and ourselves physically clean but we sometimes forget the importance of keeping our energetic space cleansed. With spring in the air I have felt a strong pull to open all the window and sage the house letting out all the stale air from winter and allowing for new, light and refreshing energy to enter in. Cleansing the home, your personal space is super easy and can be done anytime you feel a need to.
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Common questions about cleansing:
1) When should you cleanse(sage)?
You can cleanse anytime you feel called to. It could be following the moon cycles, or the seasonal changes. It could be after an argument or a stressful day at work. It can be after having individuals in your house that carries heavier energy that you want to clear. It could be when you are feeling overwhelmed and just need to press the reset button.
2)What if I can’t handle the smoke?
You can use essential oil such as sage, palo santo, sweet grass and diffuse it throughout your home as an alternative to burning.
3)What other types of things can I burn to cleanse instead of sage?
You can use palo santo, cedar, lavender, sweet grass, or incense. I truly believe that anything done with deep and meaningful intention will move the energy out. You don’t have to have the perfect products to make this happen. So use what you have if you don’t feel like going out to purchase anything.
Some simple tips for cleansing:
FOR HOME:
1) Ideally open up all the windows/doors to let out stale energy and allow for new and fresh energy to enter in. Make sure to cleanse every room starting from basement, up.
2) I like to say a releasing and clearing mantra or prayer as I do this just to set a deeper intention for this practice.
3) After I sage my home I like to burn some beautiful incense that I really enjoy. It can be sweet grass or lavender, cedar or simply an incense I picked up at the local holistic store. I like to bless the space by saying another mantra or prayer, inviting that intentions of love into the space.
FOR YOURSELF:
1)Sage yourself after a busy, stressful day or after being around a lot of other people. This act of clearing your personal space can release you from any energies that might have attached to you from another person.
2)If you do not like sage and the smoke, you can make a cleansing spray with essential oils. This is great to carry with you or leave in the car available anytime you need it.
I hope some of these tips help you to find some new ways to release yourself from some of those heavier energies making room for light, and refreshing energy to enter into your space and home.