Since I was born I´ve been very sensitive. I pick up energy, other people ´s feelings and think they´re my own. I get very stressed by loud noise and when it´s too much clutter around me. So when I read the book the Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron a couple of years ago, I totally recognized myself. I was not crazy. To be this sensitive can take a lot of energy and also makes you isolated cause you can´t expose yourself as much as you want, going to parties, meeting friends in busy cafes etc. But there are things you can do to not get too overwhelmed.
Take care of yourself
My chiropractor once compared being this sensitive with music. He said that sensitive people are like a symphony. If the CD with the music is being played on a high-tech stereo you´ll hear all the shades in the music. You´ll hear the violins, the flutes, trumpets totally clear. It becomes a beautiful symphony. You´ll hear the beauty of the music and will enjoy it. If you play the CD on a low quality stereo the experience of the music will not be as clear and good. You will not enjoy it as much as on the good stereo. The music will not come to its right. So if the stereo is what you need to function and enjoy life, as a sensitive person, it´s more important for you that you take care of yourself than if you´re not a sensitive person. You´ll need your sleep, good food, recovery, being in nature, meditation & yoga to stay in balance.
So what I want to say is, it´s important that you take care of yourself to be able to use your abilities as a sensitive person. I don´t find it only bad to be sensitive, it can actually help you in your life in many ways. For me, for example, I use it as a yoga teacher knowing what the students need in the yoga class. I use it when I have to make decisions about things. I use it to enjoy all the nuances in the nature. I don´t think I´d want to be without it. It´s just more important for me to really take good care of myself.
Find your breath
There can be situations when you get overwhelmed without warning. When you get overwhelmed, the first thing that is good to do is finding your breath. Take a deep breath and breathe long and deeply for a couple of minutes. This calms you down. You can check out this video how to breathe long and deeply if you haven´t tried it before.
When I realized I was sensitive I learned that it was good to protect myself from others energy. I learned that I should protect myself with light, or imagine being inside if an energy field with the shape as an egg. This has not worked very well for me, it has felt like I´m suffocating. I think if you are balanced you don´t need to protect yourself so much, but if you do there are a great way I´ve learned from a friend.
Imagine you have a lot of tentacles going out from your body, like sea weeds. When you get affected of other people´s energy they are out there sensing everything around you. When you need to get away and protect yourself, you just roll or curl them into your body, like a party horn rolled into a coil. When they are in, you don´t feel others energy anymore. This has been the best method for me staying balanced and not getting affected by others energy.
Are you a highly sensitive person? How does it affect you? Do you have other tricks to manage? Please share!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”