The holidays are stressful for many people, but for Highly Sensitive People (HSP) it can be much more overwhelming. I’ve always known that I don’t handle life like most people and about five years ago I discovered why I felt different.
Although relatively few people are aware of it, as many as 15-20% of the population are HSPs (Highly Sensitive People). Elaine Aron, in her book The Highly Sensitive Person, states: “People differ considerably in how much their nervous system is aroused in the same situation, under the same stimulation. . . . (HSPs) notice levels of stimulation that go unobserved by others. This is true whether we are talking about subtle sounds, sights, or physical sensations like pain. The difference seems to lie somewhere on the way to the brain or in the brain . . . We reflect more on everything. And we sort things into finer distinctions.”
Christmas can be especially overwhelming with thoughts of “what needs to be done” in order for it to be the perfect holiday. For me it brings on emotional overload. Anticipation leading up to that glorious day is overwhelming to me.
If you find yourself feeling a little overwhelmed these tips might help you to enjoy the season a little bit more:
- Commit to only a couple of events or parties – don’t try to attend them all.
- Take advantage of online shopping and avoid the crowds at the mall.
- Learn to say “no”. Simply say “I’m sorry I can’t make it” – and leave it at that.
- Be aware of what you eat. Candy and cookies can cause brain fog and fatigue.
- Listen to Christmas music that relaxes you.
- Sip a cup of hot tea while taking in the beauty of your Christmas tree lights. If you don’t have a tree, light a scented candle. There’s something soothing about watching the flicker of a flame.
Remember this: Don’t compare yourself and your preparation for Christmas with anyone else. Holiday joy is unique to each person. Allow your holiday happiness to flow from your soul without feeling like you have to be like anyone but who you uniquely, beautifully are.
Christmas blessings to you!