How to Manage Your Energy as a Highly Sensitive Person
Guest post by: Lauren Littlewood
With every month of 2020 feeling like the next level of Jumanji, it has been harder than normal to find mental balance as a HSP. I personally have had more panic attacks than normal, have had an eating disorder relapse due to quarantine weight gain, have lost my temper more often and have spent an insane amount of time on social media and YouTube to try and escape my reality. In a nutshell, 2020 has been a bit of hell in a handbasket.
When you seen images of healthcare workers busting their butts or protests across the country, that alone is enough to break any person's heart. Then you add all the deaths and politics and it is just too much to handle. Those around us that are not as sensitive are even having a hard time with the world today.
So how can we learn to manage our energy and help our loved ones struggling to do the same, when the world feels like it is going to collapse?
By taking a holistic approach to your life you can learn how to improve your vibes and live with greater ease in these troubling times. In life in general we are still going to struggle and have a wrench thrown in the cogwheels of our day from time to time but with these tips we might be able to maintain balance more easily.
First, we must look at the information we are consuming. I originally built my Instagram around people who made me feel happy and inspired but I have found even they have taken to making their pages into more of a social activism page now than when it was just cute yoga pictures.
Choosing to continue following people that make you feel good or people you give you valuable information that you can act upon is one way of balancing energies. We obviously want to learn more about how we can help make positive changes in the world but social media feeds that constantly note everything that sucks about the world and is not informative or action driven is just another energy vampire in your life. In addition, we need to monitor the news we are consuming. Are we getting the highlights to stay informed in our ever-changing year of chaos or is it just feeding our personal anxieties? If you are spending more than an hour a day on news outlets and you are not getting paid to do so, then stop! What we put in our heads matter and the amount of content matters.
Second, what are we consuming… literally. The food we eat has two avenues. It increases inflammation or decreases it. The inflammation in your body affects just about everything in your body. Everything is connected! Emotional eating tends to be the increasing type… unless you tend to crave kale. If so, then rock on and ignore this part.
When we eat highly processed food or food that have felt pain and stress, i.e. animal foods, we take on that energy. Slow and sluggish like processed junk food or fearful and panicked like the animal in which your food did. Many people don’t realize this, but the energy of food is real and makes a bigger impact than you can imagine. Don’t believe me? Spend one week eating a whole food plant-based diet and just see. You positive energy will be up and your FML feeling will be down. Feeding your body, feeds your mind.
Third, create happy chemicals in your brain. This can take many forms. My personal routes are drawing, running and yoga. Yes, you can create happiness with things that don’t require you to get off the couch. Sing! Dance alone in your room! Make a painting of your feelings or of what you want to be feeling. Do something that makes you vibe and don’t feel guilty for it.
Fourth, take some action. If there is something that is really bothering you, then take some action to stop it. Use your sensitivity for the greater good. Sign petitions, make a petition, donate time or money to a cause you care about. Just by making a small action you can alleviate some of your suffering by helping relieve someone else’s.
Fifth, get that shit out! Sometimes you can do everything right, but you just can’t stop feeling all the feels. When that happens, get it out. Feeling left inside will fester and repeat. Journaling is in my opinion the best way to get them out especially, for those who struggle to get the words out of their mouth. Write everything you feel, ignore grammar and spelling, throw decorum out the window. If you worry someone is going to read it then burn it. Burn it and all those negative feelings with it. Release them to the great beyond.
I sincerely hope that this holistic approach to managing your energies is helpful to you. Remember that your sensitivity is a superpower not a curse. When you find a way to balance it, that’s when you can find your magic.
Lauren's Bio: As a child I was a very sensitive person and very empathetic towards everyone and everything. This is probably why I because a vegan, a therapist, a yoga instructor and a health coach. Through my life I have struggled with rage issues, anxiety issues and depression. I have learned many techniques to overcome these issues which I love to share with others. If we are not lifting each other up, then what are we here for?
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