The world is an overstimulated place. A sensitive person gets bombarded on a daily basis, and it affects the mind, body and spirit at a higher level than others. For us sensitive folks, there are things that can be done to decrease the overpowering chatter and barrage of emotions.
11 things sensitive people should do every day:
1. Make time for silence.
Daily practice of meditation, prayer, yoga, walking, hiking, or just sitting are imperative to charge the nervous system. Ram Dass said, “The spiritual journey is individual, highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” Making room for spiritual connection is a huge part of daily routine for the empath and sensitive person.
2. Be in nature.
Highly sensitive people need grounding in nature. We need to be outdoors, touching the earth with our bare feet. We need to be embraced by the natural elements of the earth. A walk outside is important to charge our bodies with natural light. The sound of water clears the mind from negativity.
3. Create from source.
Writing, painting, music, and anything that puts us in a serene state of presence is needed to bring joy. Stress is released by utilizing our innate abilities of imagination to fabricate magic. It doesn’t matter what you create…just do it. “Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.” ? Joss Whedon
4. Turn off the news.
Because we are overly sensitive to our environment, we must turn the negative forces off. Bombarding energy from outside forces stresses the body. The media feeds on our emotions and a highly sensitive person takes on that energy quicker than others. Shut down the computer, the television, or put away the tablets. Stepping away from world news is a must in order to return to the present moment.
5. Recite a mantra.
Louise Hay says, “Every thought we think is creating our future.” We need to create a daily mantra for keeping focus of our desires. “I am healthy and in love with life.” When things get to be too much during the day, it’s important to remember that “this too shall pass.” Step back, close your eyes and recite your mantra while manifesting the desire for the ultimate level of peace.
6. Be conscious of breath.
We take breathing for granted. At least five minutes every hour, sit or stand and feel the breath of life go through your body. Allow for each inhale to bring love and each exhale to release tension. Conscious breathing has cured many ailments. “If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.” -? Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation
7. Drink a good amount of water.
Sensitive people are prone to reach for sweet drinks and sodas. Limit caffeine intake. We need more water in our bodies. Water helps with digestion and clarity of the mind. Reaching for more water can also help reduce the anxiety of overeating.
8. Get more sleep.
Lack of sleep creates decreased concentration, moodiness, short-temper and depression. Highly sensitive people benefit greatly from short power naps during the day as well. Sleep is underrated in our society. It’s important to go to bed at the same time every day.
9. Compliment someone every day.
Feeling good starts with giving. A simple word of encouragement makes the world a better place. Sensitive people thrive on how others feel. When you share kindness, the body reacts with grace and love. “I will be generous with my love today, I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go. I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
10. Love deeply.
It goes without saying that highly sensitive people feel profoundly. Being aware of such depth is sometimes painful, but if you allow it to come from the heart while loving yourself, it is beautiful. Love is the foundation of our beings. An open heart allows for the full spectrum of the human experience. Do not close your heart.
11. Laugh often.
There is truly nothing that a good belly laugh can’t cure. Toxins and strains release, leaving us feeling lighter. We need laughter and joy in order to find balance in a strenuous world of chaos. Call a friend, watch a comedy, participate in child play…these are all things that create grace and joy in our days.
Sensitive people, men or women, wear their hearts on their sleeve. They will go above and beyond to make another feel at home. But, first take care of your needs so that you are never depleted in a world that is constantly asking and begging for your attention. At the end of each day, make sure you return the favor to give back to your spirit.