Taking Care Of Your Highly Sensitive Self
As entrepreneurs, we can really be busy whenever we shift into purposeless hustle mode and away from intentionality. It's easy to veer away from what we're meant to do and off to what other people say that we need to do. Say, sales funnels, shopping carts, ads, and a really pretty website. All those are a valuable extras, of course.
But before you can truly magnetise people with those practical tools, you have to actually show up with what your soul chose to do in this world.
Being highly sensitives, there's an even lower tolerance to being exhausted and overwhelmed by everything. It's because of how much information we subtly absorb and process - it's just too much! No wonder many HSPs in business are easily burnt out.
But this is truly preventable and actionable... Let me give you some examples on how to take care of your highly sensitive body.
SEE YOUR BODY DIFFERENTLY.
Consider your body as that of an infant's. What do you do when you hear a tiny cry of discomfort from a cute little baby? You go near it and assess what's wrong, right? You comfort the baby and make sure that the baby has all it needs at that moment.
That's how you can "parent" yourself as a highly sensitive person. If a certain business task drains you, have some rest. Even ask yourself if the task is worth outsourcing.
Be there for yourself as you would a baby. That develops strong self-trust.
Believe someone who has worked night shifts for 3 years, sleep is completely underrated. I think moms, especially, would agree! The less sleep you get, the more cortisol (stress hormone) is generated, and the more cortisol, the less sleep. It can end up as being an endless cycle of simply being tired.
Create an environment where you can have uninterrupted sleep. This reduces cortisol, which leaves you in a relaxed state. I make sure to have my salt lamp inside my bedroom and that serves as my main source of light as I sleep. I give myself 30 minutes to cool down and just process what happened the entire day.
This is different for each and every one of us. I personally don't like sleeping through the night for more than 6 or 7 hours so 15-minute naps within the day is essential. Find what works for you.
Highly sensitives tend to be easily overwhelmed by what's around them and what's inside them. No wonder I personally go hangry so easily. The sensation of hunger can be quite intense especially when we're not busy or preoccupied with something as a distraction.
How to love yourself through eating:
Don't starve yourself.
Eat food that sustains you in a healthy way.
Eat when you're hungry. Our society trained us to eat at certain times of the day but I believe that our body intuitively know when it's hungry and when it needs to eat. Intuition in itself is a developed skill but the more we listen to our body, the more we become in tune with its cues.