As Highly Sensitive People, we’re intuitive. We’re tuned in. We’re highly aware…of everything! This means that self-care of the big 3: our minds, our bodies and our spirits, is of critical importance because we literally consume everything around us (physically and energetically). We are therefore deeply affected by our lifestyles, our circumstances, what we eat, who we spend time with…basically, everything!
In today’s post, I want to talk about our bodies because mine has been speaking to me a lot lately.
If you’re anything like me, you might have massive awareness of everything going on in your body at all times. Am I the only one? (I really want to hear from you on this one, so please comment below if you resonate with this.) I seem to notice every single teeny-tiny nuance in my body, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
This connection has both its light side and its shadow side. In my light, I’m totally in tune with my needs and feel wonderful in my connection to my body. The feelings in my body feel great, leaving me feeling alive, energetic, connected and awake.
The shadow side of this sensitivity is health anxiety. It doesn’t always feel like a gift to be tuned into my body. Sometimes I really wish I could shut it off and just check out. It can make my mind crazy wondering, “What was that twinge?” The opportunity for our monkey minds to take over with anxious thoughts increases with such high awareness.
Our bodies speak to us.
When my body speaks to me, she often gets loud and bossy. What might feel like a whisper to a non-HSP, sounds like a fog horn to me. This makes it easy to take action because she’s hard to ignore. She will let me know if she needs more sleep, if she hasn’t been enjoying the food I’ve been eating, if she’s way too stressed out from all the work I’ve been doing. She speaks to me through feelings, sensations, illness, pain, and exhaustion.
I’ve checked in with my husband, my resident non-HSP, about his body awareness and my hunch seems to be true: Things that bother the heck out of me don’t seem to disturb his nearly as much. Since he’s not quite as bothered as I am, guess which one of us will be more likely to respond with love and care for our bodies? Me.
The gift in this communication is that we have the opportunity to listen before other people do. If you think about it, we are so lucky! When you are really tuned into your body, it’s much more difficult to ignore the things she’s telling you, and as HSP’s, we must listen.
We all have the ability and tendency to ignore our body’s messages, HSP or not, but this can be to our detriment. Your body has great wisdom and she will speak to you. She will try to get your attention so she can get her needs met.
I’ve heard from many sensitive people that they seem to suffer from more health-related issues than non-HSP’s. Could it be that we are more greatly affected by an unhealthy lifestyle than non-HSP’s? Or could it be that we are hyper-aware and therefore notice when the smallest thing is out of balance? I think both are true in varying degrees, depending on your particular sensitivities.
How we take care of our bodies, our temples, is massively important for HSP’s. The body is part of the triad: mind, body and spirit. I’ve chosen to focus on all three areas in my coaching practice because as HSP’s, we are more deeply affected in these areas when our lifestyles are out of whack. We are more affected by:
- Lack of sleep
- Irritating foods
- Too-busy work and life schedules
- Toxic relationships
- Demands of daily life
Imbalances in these areas show up in our bodies. For me, it has shown up as:
- Chronic fatigue
- Borderline Hashimoto’s (close, but I’ve got to monitor this!)
- Thyroid nodules
- Digestive issues
- Twitching in my legs
- Heart palpitations
- Adrenal fatigue
- Weight gain
Whenever my life is getting out of whack, one or more of these will pop up to get my attention as a message so I can get back on course again. It’s my signal that I need to give some attention to an area that is lacking.
When a symptom pops up, I listen. I’ve created a huge tool kit with lots of tools to reach for. Not only do I have my go-to health care team (my chiropractor, my acupuncturist, my regular Western medical docs, my massage therapist, my spiritual life coach), but I’ve also become a valuable member or my own team. I’ve worked to become a self-care expert. I’ve studied food, spirituality, pleasure, and purpose. I feed myself in all of these areas because nourishment doesn’t only come from food.
So rather than leave you with tips today, I’d like to leave you with questions:
- How is your body speaking to you?
- Are you listening?
- What areas in your life are working really well for you?
- What areas need more attention?
- Do you have a loving relationship with your body?
- How are you nourishing your triad: your mind, body and spirit?
As always, I’d love to hear from you, so please leave your comments below!
With so much love,