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  • Self-care Brainstorm

    Posted by Georgia on 12/09/2023 at 12:56 am

    This is an excellent idea. I am new to learning just how much being an HSP affects every aspect of my life but self-care and sharing resources is something that I do by nature and necessity, hobby and trade. Here are a few self-care ideas to add to the master list. I am pumped to hear others’ ideas as well.

    -Never give up.

    -Find other HSPs so you don’t feel so alone.

    *These may not all be appropriate or helpful for everyone*

    -Do one passive self-care technique per day. Examples: Sleep in positions that release the tightest areas of your body. Take an Epsom salt bath with essential oil. Use lymphatic drainage pumps. I don’t want to say, “our bodies” because I can only speak for myself but, “my body” is all about detail and managing, “arousal” (to use Elaine Aron’s words). My nervous system is usually abuzz and I often need to calm it any way possible.

    -Do one moderate activity a day even if it needs to be very moderate. Examples: a few minutes of gentle, specific PT, 60 Minute Flow Yoga class, 20-45 minute walk.

    -Learn to breathe, all the time and specific ways for specific needs

    -Receive regular CranioSacral work from an experienced CST.

    -Don’t be afraid to set boundaries for yourself and change them as needed to avoid burnout and pain. The people in your personal and professional life that don’t respect when you need to work less and be up and out less don’t appreciate who you truly are. The people that SEE you, RESPECT you and CARE about you will support you in taking care of yourself.

    -When feeling overstimulated, or better yet, before becoming over stimulated, wear noise reducing or cancelling earmuffs or ear buds to calm the nervous system

    -Drink half of your bodyweight in ounces of water a day Example: If you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 oz. of water a day.

    -Don’t watch non-comedy TV or Movies unless you’re feeling extremely emotionally strong, rested and regulated.

    -Sleep as much as you can

    -Minimize or avoid substances and situations that body has strong negative reaction to

    John replied 7 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • John

    12/09/2023 at 2:16 pm

    That is a fantastic list Georgia. The only thing I have to add is dietary and neurotransmitters support:

    • As Georgia said, every body is different, but generally speaking, refined sugar and carbohydrates create neurotransmitters peaks and valleys, with the valleys being “crashes.” For me, a low carb, healthy keto diet (which includes greens), helps me stay steady. Food cravings can indicate neurotransmitter issues. Even without keto, just eliminating refined sugar can be a significant form of self care.
    • Neurotransmitters support: in addition to dietary habits, supplementation can help address neurotransmitter production. This can be important. I coined the term “neurotransmitter starvation” out of my own experience of a lifetime of doing everything I could to feel better and still not feeling well. I exercised, ate increasingly more and more pure, did detoxes and saunas, even went back to school and studied holistic medicine for four years. I did therapy, and even twelve step programs to address childhood issues (i.e., ACA). In the end none of those things addressed my issue. That issue is metabolic issues which impact neurotransmitter production and usage.
    • I’ve covered this elsewhere, but I’m a big fan of nullifying blue light on screens as well using “dark mode” on every device I have, in pretty much every app. My nervous system is sensitive enough that I can feel the stress accumulating, in real time, while looking at a mostly white computer screen. I’ll attach a screen shot of what my screen looks like as I’m writing this. If a person’s job involves looking at a screen for an extended period each day, and they have highly sensitive physiology (HSP), I strongly recommend darkening the experience. For specifics on this, see this post: https://app.hspconnection.com/forums/discussion/screens/
    • Overstimulation & Under-stimulation: Georgia essentially covered this, but I think it’s important to note that there is a range with overstimulation at one end and under-stimulation on the other end. People with HSP deal with overstimulation, but if a day doesn’t have enough variation in it, or enough physical movement, this can create neurotransmitter issues, lymph and detoxification issues, compulsive behaviors, etc…

    I’m sure other people have more great self care information to add. 🙂

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