If you are a Highly Sensitive Person, you will understand why the Festive season can lead to overarousal in our sensitive nervous systems. Large crowds in shopping centres and supermarkets, too much noise or having too many visitors can lead to overwhelm.
As well as the sensory sensitivities that they experience, many HSPs feel different to their family and often feel like they don't fit in or belong. So Christmas can also be a very stressful time for them on an inner level. Especially if there is little awareness or understanding from them about the HSP trait.
So it's important that HSPs find ways to reduce overarousal.
The 'ACE' method: Avoid, Control or Escape, is a simple, but effective strategy to use when you know you are going somewhere or doing something that will affect you adversely or overstimulate your nervous system.
AVOID: If you can avoid doing things that you don't have to do - great! Listen to your body and the feeling responses - so if you are sitting there thinking 'I should do this' but 'I don't want to' and your body is giving you a strong emotional reaction not to do something, listen to it. 'Should's' are often a result of internalised conditioning or voices of other people's expectations.
However, it's difficult to avoid some activities or certain family members at Christmas - after all it is the season of good will, peace and love! These qualities also need to extend to ourselves through self-care and self-love, just as much as we extend them to others .
So, we must put strategies in place to CONTROL or ESCAPE from the overstimulation. Simple things like taking a relaxing bath, going out for a walk for grounding our energy, having some personal space and putting energetic protection around ourselves will all help. (Visualise a golden sun in your heart centre and see, sense or feel it expanding all the way around your body and auric field. Or you can also download my 'Angelic Protection for Sensitive People' CD. )
For those of you who know EFT - tapping on the overwhelm will help too, as will taking 'Rescue Remedy' (Bach Flower Essence).
I hope these little tips and strategies will help you to have a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas.
With blessings to you all Mel xx