How Highly Sensitive People Can Get Through The Holidays Without Burning Out

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How To Take Care Of Yourself As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) During The Holidays

As a highly sensitive person, or HSP, the holidays may be too much. But there is a way to counteract those overwhelming feelings: self-care.

What did you feel when you read the title of this article? What thoughts, feelings, or words came up for you?

Taking care of yourself during the holidays as an HSP is easier said than done.

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We are in a time of intense energy. As the days get shorter, pumpkin spice everything emerges and the holiday decorations start to show up stores, we can often feel our stress levels rise.

Even if you have chosen to do less this year and have chosen to set stronger boundaries, there is still the stress of the past, family expectations, and even just the frenzy energy surrounding us.

Add into the mix the messages we receive through media, social media, and comparison of what others are doing.

As highly sensitive people or empaths, these energies are even more intense. After all, our nervous system is heightened.

Overstimulation of our nervous system tends to be commonplace during this time of you, which can prevent thriving as an HSP.

We can’t control what is going on around us but we can control how we process and handle all of it.

If you already know how to take care of yourself and even have a list of self-care activities as part of your routine, then it's best to increase whatever works for you.

The first thing that people stop or let go of are the very things that destress, ground, and center them — workouts, meditation, sleeping enough, journaling, and/or downtime.

My first tip is: Don’t stop taking care of yourself!

Set the intention that although you may not be able to do an hour-long workout, you can go for a walk. Prioritize self-care even if you modify it.

If that first tip doesn’t feel like enough, 6 other ways to take care of yourself during the holiday season.

1. Say "no" to obligations that don’t feel aligned or just feel like too much

During this time of year, there are more social events, expectations, and "should’s". Sometimes, we have been doing things a certain way for so long that we don’t even realize that the activity doesn’t work for us anymore.

Take a look at your schedule and calendar this year and ask yourself what you have been doing every year, just because you have been doing it every year. Can you change how you do this task? Can you eliminate it?

Pick one task each week to let go of and leave that space in your calendar in order to prioritize you.

2. Energetic clearing

When you return home from being in the world, this is a great time for you to transition into the home and your safe place. Take some time to clear your energy with the intention of arriving home and releasing any energy that isn’t yours.

If you are not sure how clear your energy, try any or a combination of the following:

  • A 5-minute meditation
  • A visualization (see yourself leaving the day and energy behind and moving into a relaxed/connected state)
  • Take a dance break
  • Use palo santo or sage to clear the energy

3. Protect yourself

When you are out in the world set the intention to be open to receive positive interactions and to repel those that are not beneficial.

You can also wear or carry with you a protective crystal. One option is black tourmaline which can repel low-level energy or a clear quartz crystal.

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4. Essential oils

You can use lavender essential oil for stress relief so you can calm your senses. Make sure you use a good quality essential oil.

Diffuse the oil into your home, rub it on your feet with a carrier oil (coconut/almond or other oil), or just put it on your wrists and smell it throughout your day.

5. Take a bath

A sea salt bath can serve to detoxify your body and your energy. You can add lavender oil to help with relaxation.

6. Spiritual practices

Spending time connecting with spirit through prayer, drum circles, or using oracle/affirmation cards.

As the holidays approach, it is possible to not only survive but to thrive as a highly sensitive person.

If you're aware of how your empath traits affect you during the holidays, these suggestions can help you have a more joyous and connected holiday season.

If you need some support or would like next year to be the year you make the changes in your life you have been desiring, contact me for a complimentary clarity session.

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Kavita Melwani a certified empowerment coach, hypnotherapist, past life Regressionist, certified money marketing and soul coach, and a Reiki Master. To schedule a clarity session, visit her website.

This article was originally published at The Enlightened Heart. Reprinted with permission from the author.