When we are under stress particularly severe stress, we often want to run away from it because it is so painful. Highly sensitive people struggle more than others with severe stress because their nervous systems are so attuned to the world around them. We pick up every hurt and dissonance, take it in and then need to process it. The hardest part is trying to make sense of it and find a resolution when it may be beyond our control to do so. We end up not only in pain but also feeling helpless and disempowered.
There is no easy solution to these problems. But there are some steps you can take to help yourself. Sometimes when we try to handle our severe stress we go to our heads when our bodies and souls are hurting. Sometimes we reach for the ice cream or a pill. There is no easy answer for an awake heart. But it is our treasure and gift. We need to see it as a shining jewel inside of us, one that is meant to be shared.
Treasuring our hearts also means respecting their limits and setting healthy boundaries which sounds so easy but is a challenge for highly sensitive people with their big hearts. One way to improve your stress is to take baby steps to reduce it. Here are some ideas:
- meditate daily. It helps heal stress and supports a healthy nervous system, particularly Transcendental Meditation.
- get exercise, since it is a great stress reducer and help protect you from disease. Yoga and walking are great choices.
- eat a stress reducing diet of whole grains, legumes, rice, vegetables, and fruit.
- choose a vocation that is good for your heart.
- choose social companions that are also good for your heart.
- remove mean individuals from your life as much as possible. You cannot change another person, but you can provide the feedback of not wanting to be around them and let them deal with their own behavior.
- do what you can to support the humanitarian efforts being made around the globe as a way to support your heart. Being a part of the solution is something to be proud of.
Each time you take steps to take care of your severe stress, your health and your heart, notice. These are important and valuable actions that are worthy of your respect. By noticing how you contribute, you value yourself and all the little baby steps you make to create a better world.
Being a part of making a difference can only help you reduce stress, provided you take it one baby step at a time.