Self-Care for Highly Sensitive People (HSP)

HSP – Highly sensitive person. Have you ever cried while watching a movie? Or when your favorite character in a novel dies? Have you ever been around someone that was sad and you felt those emotions yourself? That’s empathy. Empathy is the ability to recognize and feel the emotions that are being experienced by someone else. You are able to understand, be aware of, and be sensitive to, the feelings and thoughts of others. Compassion and empathy are often intertwined. Empathy is a really great quality to have. It allows you to connect with other people and form bonds and relationships, it helps you to be a good listener, and a wonderful healer. Empathy can also be a lot of other things. Especially when it’s on overdrive. Frustrating. Confusing. Overwhelming. Hurtful. If your empathy affects your everyday life in a negative way – there’s a fair chance that you’re an HSP…

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60 Ways to Practice Self-Love Right NOW!

Loving yourself isn’t always easy. It’s more than just the fun stuff. Sometimes it gets a little (or a lot) uncomfortable. Self-care is more than just green smoothies and yoga on the beach. Self-care encompasses so many aspects of life. It’s the emotional, the mental, the psychological. It is choosing not to put yourself in toxic situations. It’s about being honest with yourself even when it’s hard. Here are 60 ways to practice self-love and self-care! Don’t try to change so that someone else will love you. Change so that you can be more in love with yourself. Discover something new about yourself. Try a new food, place, or type of music, see if you like it! Pick one day this week to have a morning/afternoon/evening devoted completely to yourself. Stop being so hard on yourself, grow from the experience and move on. Take a leap of faith. Do that…

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Self-Love Exercise: Write Vows to Yourself

So something about me, I love making speeches, not in public, not in front of a lot of people (eeeek, stage fright and massive social anxiety!) but I really like to talk, especially about my feelings. If I reallyreallyreally love you then I’ve probably given you a long speech about why you are the bestthingever and all the reasons why. You should totally tell the people that you love that you love them. Throw in something like you are the Samwise to my Frodo… the peanut butter to my jelly… the cheese to my macaroni. Let ’em really know that they matter. Life doesn’t last forever, it’s too short to waste it not saying those things. Okay, maybe not those things exactly, but you get my meaning. Want to know who else needs to hear that you love them? *Holds up a gigantic mirror* You! So you might already love…

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Self-Care Routine – What’s Yours?

We know what self-love is but how do we incorporate it into our lives? We develop a routine of it. We perform actions of self-care that bring us to a deepening of how we feel about ourselves. Like any life change, if self-care isn’t something that you’re already doing, it’s best to add it in with baby steps. It’s so weird to think of life without self-care because it’s something I’m so passionate about, but my life used to be like that. I thought I was practicing self-care – as in I was doing nice things for myself. But I wasn’t. I didn’t understand that self-care wasn’t just doing things you want to do to make yourself happy, but loving things you do for your own greater good. Self-care was binging on food until it made me sick. But I was “treating” myself. Self-care was getting home from work and then playing…

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