HSF (Highly Sensitive Folk)
Hello Beautiful People! (Ahla w sahla-Welcome)
"It's beautiful to be alone. Being alone does not mean being lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society."-Jiddu Krishnamurti
Highly sensitive folk tend to perceive and process the world at a deeper level. They are often labeled shy or overdramatic; they are neither. As a matter of fact, they are in tune with their environment, a characteristic of a highly sensitive person. Have you ever been referred to as sensitive? A highly sensitive person refers to those with the personality trait of sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) believed to be had by 20 percent of the population.
The SPS trait is described as having greater sensitivity and responsiveness to the environment and social stimuli. It is important to understand this is not a personality condition or disorder. For some HSFs it can be extremely difficult to handle over-stimulation. A deeper understanding of HSF can be helpful if you are highly sensitive or know someone who is.
Additional characteristics of HSF are:
Sensitive to smell, taste, noticing subtle changes in temperature
Are sensitive to noise
Easily overwhelmed by such things as bright lights
Feels the textures of food, fabric, etc at a higher level than others
May choose to sit in the corner of space to be aware of what is going on but protected at the same time. This is because they feel the energy in spaces
Can pick up on other people's mood and can be affected by their mood
Can get rattled when they have a lot to do in a short amount of time
Avoid violent movies and TV shows (I can so attest to that)
As a child "seemed" sensitive and shy
Make it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations
Withdraw during busy days, into bed or a dim lighted or some other place you can have privacy and relief from the situation
Easily can be overwhelmed and overloaded, leading to becoming tense, exhausted and confused
The nature of HSF is very open, they tend to let a lot of stuff in. It is important for an HS person to find practices that are grounding. This will help them find their balance and sense of self.
Eating grounding foods. Eat foods that are grown in the ground such as sweet potatoes, root vegetables, and squash. Try to consume foods that are rich in minerals such as leafy greens and nuts. Eat foods high in magnesium and iron as they rebalance the body, balance blood sugar levels, regulate your body's fluid, and aid in healing.
Energy clearing. Clear energy in your home or workspace. The best method is to burn or smudge with white sage or Palo Santo. Hematite, Smoky Quartz, and Jasper are grounding crystals to either have in the home or carry around with you.
Connecting to nature. A walk outside to get fresh air is a great way of grounding yourself. If you don't have time for that, putting your bare feet in the grass for a couple of minutes works great.
Let nature in. A great way to do this is to open doors or windows and get fresh air flowing through your home. This resets the energy in the space as neutral. Having plants is also a common way to bring nature into your home, plants purify the air.
Water. Water is known to be the best healer. It does many things, such as hydrating your cells, increased circulation, and the removal of toxins from your body.
Relax your breathing. Connecting with your breath is a great way to ground yourself. Learning breathing techniques, such as extending your inhale and exhale by counting to four is a great way to slow down your breathing. This will help you reset and regulate your nervous system and create a sense of calm.
Setting healthy boundaries allows HSFs to be their best self which helps them and those around them.
Saying no. Being able to do this is an important part of establishing healthy boundaries. Be clear on what not to do or where to not to go.
Protecting physical space. Life is hectic, full of events, and time spent with others that can be draining. It is important for a person who is HS to ensure they have a place and space just for them; it has to be a space for them to retreat and feel centered.
Limiting time with specific individuals. There are people in your life that can exhaust you at times. These people can even be friends and loved ones. Learn to leave when needed, switch off your phone, and take some time for yourself.
Do you consider yourself HSF?