What is Self Care for Highly Sensitive People

What Is Self Care? - HSP Health 

What is self care is for highly sensitive people? 

Because of their nervous system's susceptibility to stress and possible human genetic diseases, highly sensitive people need stress reducers to minimize and prevent HSP disease.

Quality self care is critical for HSPs.  Illness can manifest quickly in a highly sensitive person because highly sensitive people have fewer natural defenses against the overstimulation that causes their system to become out of balance. 

What is Self Care for the Disease Process?

What is self care to the non-HSP is not protective enough for the highly sensitive person.

According to the ancient medical system of Ayurveda, disease develops in a six stage process:

  1. the body accumulates toxins. For the HSP, stresses to the nervous system are toxic and so great that an HSP has no choice but to intervene at the source of the problem to have any chance at health.
  2. the body starts to become aggravated by the spread of the imbalancing toxic factor in the body
  3. the aggravating imbalances spread into the body
  4. the beginning of structural damage
  5. the manifestation of illness
  6. the development of a chronic disease due to unattended imbalances over a long period of time, a situation that an HSP can minimize by learning to eliminate imbalances.
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Great self care requires that takes the disease process into account. Although high stress levels can interfere with attempts at self care by HSPs, highly sensitive people have an advantage and disadvantage in this disease process.

Their advantage is that they become aware of the imbalance earlier than most because they are able to feel imbalances. The disadvantage is that their nervous systems can make it easier for them to become sick and therefore HSPs must make lifestyle changes for their health that others may not understand or invalidate. This can present social and work problems. 

The upside for HSPs is that they have the potential to create good health for themselves if they are able to manage their sensitivities and engage in good self care.

What is Self Care for Abuse Trauma?

Not all illnesses will be created by toxins in the external environment. One of the challenges for HSPs is their tendency to mentally reprocess injuries and dilemmas to learn or understand them better.

This reprocessing stems from the fact that HSPs use their considerable right brained capabilities to understand the world better including injustices they see and experience. You could say that HSPs have a need for insight and are often interested in rectifying and changing situations that create injustice and violence.

Some of the mental reworking of past injuries will be an attempt to resolve emotional and physical abuse from childhood. Childhood abuse is particularly problematic for HSPs.

The imprint of abuse can remain in the body for a long time after it occurs. Relaxation techniques and various forms of energy medicine can help release the block energy of long term abuse and enable an HSP to heal the past and are a necessity for HSPs if they want to release themselves from a painful past.

“The silence inside us is the key to the quantum mechanical body.  It is not a chaotic but organized silence.  … The secret of life at this level is that anything in your body can be changed with the flick of an intention.”
Deepak Chopra, Perfect Health, Three Rivers Press, New York, 2000, p. 16

All of the mentally processing associated with trauma and abuse can also throw the HSP system out of balance. HSPs need rest and relaxation, and if possible, need to learn meditation and other relaxation techniques to provide themselves with mental rest.

What is Self Care for the Nervous System? Meditation!

Memories play a very important role in our mental health. Meditation works on the nervous system to release the hold of memories of the past. Meditation is gentle and non invasive and provides a gradual healing process for the meditator. It is a wonderfully gentle practice that can be very beneficial for the highly sensitive person.

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