It wasn’t too long ago that I thought that there was something wrong with me. Why did I sleep so much? Why did it feel like I was taking on all the energy of the world? Why did I feel so intensely about the poverty and sadness of the world?
I knew I was an introvert, but until I learned about the Highly Sensitive Person I didn’t really understand my inner world (by highly sensitive I am referring to the Highly Sensitive Person first researched by Dr. Elaine Aron).
Someone who is highly sensitive takes in and processes information at a much deeper level than the rest of the world (about 20% of the population are highly sensitive). This can lead to overwhelm, anxiety and our energy being zapped.
For example, if you are at a party and are an introvert but not highly sensitive, you may find your energy lowers after many hours and then you need to go home. For someone who is highly sensitive and an introvert they may need to go home within half an hour to an hour of arriving because they are experiencing a deeper level of sensory input.
So even if you are with someone who is introverted, if they are not highly sensitive, then you may feel you are still out of place.
If you are an introverted highly sensitive person here are a few tips for you.
Take More Breaks.
Introverts who are highly sensitive may need more breaks. With so much sensory input around you, it may feel like everything is coming at you at once. Take some mini breaks throughout your day. Get up and walk around for a minute if you don’t have much time. And if you can’t go anywhere, try deep breathing to ground yourself.
Allow Some “Me” Time.
It’s easy to ignore our needs and focus on what other people need. When planning your day/week make sure to put in a few minutes of time just for you. It can be as simple as taking a hot shower or drinking a nice cup of tea, or it could be an hour massage once a week/month. Taking some time for yourself could also mean getting some new makeup every so often or nail polish and taking the time to put it on. If your battery isn’t re-charged you could find yourself stressed out and frustrated.
Get Lots Of Sleep.
So often we hear of people going to bed late and then getting up at the crack of dawn. As an introverted highly sensitive person you need the rest. Because we take in so much information we need our bodies to process everything and we do that best when sleeping. If they say one needs 7-9 hours of sleep, we should probably get closer to 9 hours.
I would love to know what you do to recharge your batteries!
This post was first published on Introvertology.com. Click here to see it.