Are you a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), and you feel every so often stressed? Do you know how to cope with stress as an HSP and take care of yourself?
Highly Sensitive People’s nervous system is very powerful and differentiative. Still, on the other hand, it is more sensitive to stress. Therefore, you have to take care of your highly sensitive body even more. Do you want to find out if you are a Highly Sensitive Person? Check out my blog article “What is a Highly Sensitive Person, and what is the relation with stress?“.
The capacity of an HSP is limited faster. Research shows that Non-HSPs versus HSPs have different experiences regarding the impact of stress on their bodies. Circumstances such as loud sounds in an environment like a cafe, or lack of sleep, intense feelings of hunger, intense scents, sounds, or even too many people in a room can stress HSP’s. Whereas Non-HSP’s hardly take note of these circumstances.
What are the stress symptoms?
*Difficulty of falling asleep or sleeping through
*Flat, exhausted breathing
*Reduction of concentration
*Muscle tension in the body
*Poor appetite or increased cravings
How do they impact a highly sensitive body?
Our autonomic nervous system handles stress and regulates our body functions such as breathing, heartbeat, and digestion.
The Sympathicus is the part of the autonomic nervous system that regulates the fight and flight/tend and befriend response. On the other hand, the Parasympathicus takes care of our body relaxation and recovery.
Both are important in our daily life and should be balanced and work in harmony.
You can imagine the autonomic nervous system as a pendulum that swings between action and rest and recovery.
How vital this change between action and rest is, is shown in our circadian rhythm-the sleep/wake cycle. To get more information, check out my blog article “Why You Need More Quality Sleep“. You’ll find out that with taking care of your sleep you automatically take care of your highly sensitive body.
Dysbalance of the regulation between action and relaxation causes chronic stress reactions and illness.
What are quick and short activities to reduce stress as an HSP?
1. Water: the element of water is excellent to unload your nervous system and calm down – whether it is a warm shower or a warm bath with Epsom Salt. The warm temperature contributes to the effect of relaxation, and water conducts the electric potential of our nervous system well.
2. Warm water bottle: for some HSPs stress often leads to high tension in the region of the solar plexus and stomach. Reactions such as crampings, nausea, or even vomiting can occur. In the area of the stomach are also nerves that respond great on a hot water bottle. Ideally is the time of the hot water bottle before bedtime.
3. Nature: if you notice that you deal with ruminating thought patterns and emotional upset, take a walk in nature. Walking and breathing in nature helps to come back to your natural rhythm and balance, slows and calms down. Nature supports to take a break from daily life. If you feel exhausted, find a spot such as a lovely lake or a tree, rest there and take the beauty of nature in.
4. Medicinal Grade Essential Oils (Aromatherapy): essential oils that are 100% pure and high potential have long been used to help address stress, even for HSP’s who are sensitive to smells. If you want more information about medicinal grade essential oils and aromatherapy and how to use them reach out to me! Send me an email with the subject Aromatherapy consultation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a few other stress coping methods for your highly sensitive body
To sum up, stress reactions are controlled by the autonomous nervous system. Usually, the interplay between the Parasympathicus and Sympathicus leads to a harmonious regulation and balance. Check out my blog about: “What every person ought to know about living a stress-free life“.
But being exposed to stress consistently can disturb the natural regulation of the autonomous nervous system. Consequently, it builds up to an overreaction of the Sympathicus or Parasympathicus. The overreaction shows up in different symptoms, as I mentioned above. Just to name a few again: migraines, headaches, digestive issues, auto-immune disease, pain, muscle tensions in your body, chronic feelings of stress, lack of sleep, and others.
Chronic stress creates unhealthy chaos and mess-up in the body-mind-soul-spirit system.
Coaching can help to explore mindset tools and other methods to strengthen the balance and coherence, letting go of false thoughts and emotions and replace it with more contentment and inner rest for the sake of health and well-being!
The coherence can be reached through coaching, meditation.
If you need help with exploring what your whole body needs, feel free to contact me! In addition to naturopathy, yoga & meditation and functional nutrition counseling, I also offer various coaching programs. I can help you to find more balance in your life for the sake of more health and well-being.