If you’re anything like me, you’ve lived a lot of your life either too hot, too cold, too stressed, too overwhelmed or too inconvenienced for your liking. Unfortunately, life is too short to pass your days on a gloomy Nimbostratus. The discomfort you feel every day can be remedied with a bit of research.
Well, I’ve done that for you!
Here’s a collection of 15 heavenly things to live a life of decadent comfort as a highly sensitive introvert. Feel free to add your own suggestions below!
15 Ways to Nurture Yourself as a HSP
In no particular order, here’s a list of the highly sensitive essentials for rain, hail and shine. Note that many of these items I have in my own personal toolkit, others I have researched (and intend investing in, in the future!) Also, these are affiliate links, so if you decide to purchase something, we will get a small percentage to support our work. :)
1# Sound Canceling Headphones
Oh man, this is a big one. I can’t believe I ever missed it. Sound canceling headphones do just that, cancel sound, deleting it utterly from your surroundings. If you’re a music lover like me and you want the unsurpassed bliss of a quiet music cocoon – in the middle of the train station or noisy city – these are a must. They can be a bit pricey though, which is why I’ve hesitated buying a pair. I’m currently eyeing this pair of JVC HANC250 Noise Cancelling Headphones for their affordable-ish price and positive rating.
2# Travel Mug
This is an absolute delight to own in winter and summer months. If extremes in temperature really bother you, a well-made travel mug is the perfect way to preserve hot or cold liquids, and the perfect creature comfort to make your day that little bit more enjoyable. I’m really over sweating my ass off in summer months, so I’ve done the research and the Thermos leak-proof Travel Mug is the best on the market at the moment.
3# Chai Tea
As you may already know, Chai is my favorite drink, and there’s a good reason why. Highly sensitive introvert’s find it difficult to consume beverages with large caffeine contents, such as coffee. Personally, I start twitching and shaking with incurring stomach upsets that last for hours. So, Chai is an excellent and mild caffeine alternative that helps give you a kick, without the boot attached. Originating in ancient India, Chai is composed of black tea, ginger, cardamon, cinnamon, fennel, clove and black pepper. Apart from the energy boost, Chai also helps to enhance the immune system, improve digestion and possesses many antioxidants. So it makes you feel energized and healthy. Bingo!
4 # Comfy Chair
If the current chair you use is uncomfortable in any way, I implore you to find another! The kind of chair you use in your daily life can really help enhance any health issues you have (like sore lower and upper backs), or decrease them (by providing proper support). For a long time I put up with cheap cruddy chairs that provided no support for the upper and lower back – just because they were inexpensive. Then I started getting neck and upper back problems and I started rethinking my frugalness, realizing I was compromising my health for more money in the bank. A nice comfy chair can really be your best friend. Personally, I’ve fallen in love with this Curved Convertible Chaise.
5# Lavender Oil
So simple, inexpensive and old-fashioned – lavender oil is the perfect way to reduce daily aches, strains and fatigues. Used in aromatherapy, dabbing a bit of lavender oil on your sleeve or collar can help soothe a variety of ills that us highly sensitive introverts experience all the time: headaches, muscle aches, insomnia, stress, anxiety, giddy spells, fever and fatigue. I don’t however, recommend adding Lavender oil directly to your skin (this can be dangerous and can cause harsh skin reactions). If you’re a female, Lavender oil can also double as an organic smelling perfume – so no need to spend $70 on Elizabeth Arden ladies. You have the perfect alternative here, for a fraction of the price.
6# Wake-Up Light
What is that, you may be wondering. Just think of it as “no more screeching alarms in the morning“. Wake-Up lights like the popular Philips Hf3270 series simulate natural sunrises, that help your body gradually wake up in the morning. After slowly brightening your room, these lamps sound a non-alarming alarm like bird chirps or wind chimes to ensure that you’re awake. This is much better and much healthier than the sudden alarms that disrupt our sleep cycles in the mornings (leaving us feeling cranky and tired). Additionally, Wake-Up lights are generally UV free and are approved by the National Sleep Foundation. I’m definitely on the brink of investing in one (as it’s winter over here in Australia).
7# Stinging Nettle Leaf (With Honey)
If you suffer from seasonal allergies (as most of us highly sensitive introverts do), your days can be filled with a lot of mucus, watery eyes and sneezes. This can become really irritating and, as most of you would have discovered, can really impact on your daily mood. If you’re not a fan of medication like me, a herbal remedy such as stinging nettle leaf can help alleviate your sniffles. Found in most allergy medications, stinging nettle leaf can be bought in tea form from your local health food store, or online (usually for less). Steep the tea bag in some boiling water, cover for 15 minutes (to release the oils), and you have a delightful remedy at your fingertips. If the taste doesn’t agree with you, add some honey. Many claim that honey is like a mini allergy shot.
8# Ski Gloves
Highly sensitive introverts are generally very cold in wintry weather – that means icy and numb limbs and general feelings of full-body discomfort. If regular gloves don’t do the job for you (as they don’t for me), investing in a pair of ski gloves may be the answer. Not only are they waterproof (unlike leather gloves), but they’re made to heat your hands in extreme temperature drops. I’m considering replacing my current pair with some Waterproof Microfiber Ski Gloves (on the right).
9# Bubble Baths
Bubbles. Warm water. Relaxation. I’m starting to think bubble baths were created by some grubby highly sensitive entrepreneur somewhere. With so many harsh chemicals (think the sulfur-like “bubble bath crystals”) out there, it can be unsettling to sit yourself in a bath full of god-knows-what. Personally, I always try to purchase products designed for babies. Taking care of your highly sensitive body is essential for your health and well-being. Bubble bath lotions like BabyGanics (on the left) are hypoallergenic, tear free, biodegradable, and have no traces of parabens, toxins, sulphates, mineral oils, gluten, petrolatum, or phthalates. As you can see, they really let you relax, anxiety free.
I tentatively invested in one of these last week. So far, I don’t regret it at all. The PaperWhite Kindle I bought allows you to sit in comfort, reading books usually half the price of normal paperbacks. It also has virtually no glare, as the special e-ink technology distributes light evenly across the screen. Battery life is also impressive with up to 2 months of use on a low light setting. As a highly sensitive introvert, I love being able to curl up anywhere, reading without eye-strain and hand-cramps. The only issue is … what to do with all of those paperbacks piled up on your shelf?
11# Tea Tree Oil
Many of us react harshly to unstable weather patterns, sometimes in the form of acne breakouts. After trying many fancy sounding products, I’ve found the best remedy for pimples to be plain and simple tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has a variety of anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, making it brilliant to treat acne prone skin with. Just a note, do not apply directly to your skin, this can cause bad skin reactions. Also keep it away from your eyes. I like adding a drop to my moisturizer in the morning – this dilutes it without depleting it. All in all, this is a simple, effective, and inexpensive method of maintaining your skin.
12# Sounds of Nature
Coupled with some good quality sound cancelling headphones, listening to the sounds of nature is a terrific alternative to listening to the sounds of traffic, loud voices and intrusive noises. Personally, I love listening to sounds of the rainforest, as it puts me in a peaceful, meditative place. For a long time I listened to a lot of fast paced rock music, but it had a negative affect on my general mood and tranquility levels. This is a simple way to seat you on cloud 9.
13# Sleep Master Sleep Mask
As a highly sensitive introvert, I struggle a lot with sleeping deeply. Virtually everything wakes me up – the slightest movements, the softest noises, the dimmest light – everything. Earplugs can help, although they can get lost easily or become dirty quickly. Recently I discovered this hypoallergenic, all-in-one beauty that not only blocks out noise, but blocks out light as well. I don’t recommend using this mask in conjunction with Wake-Up Lights however, for obvious reasons.
14# Guilt-Free Snacks
Many of us lead busy, hectic lives, which means that it’s easy to neglect ourselves and our health. I’ve found myself snatching chocolate bars and gummy bears many times off supermarket shelves, just because I was desperate for a snack, and lacked time to think. The consequences quickly come flooding in – think headaches, fatigues and skin problems. You’ve probably experienced this as well. These days, I love the guilt-free feeling of snacking on food that won’t have repercussions. Foods like dried fruit (banana chips, apricots etc.), dates, prunes and gluten-free food like sesame and sunflower seed snacks, are the perfect alternatives to the sugary, salty and fatty snacks we tend to pollute our bodies with. Something so simple as this can improve your day tenfold.
Most people picture an old grouchy man when they hear this word, but don’t let the stereotype affect you. Thermals are a lifesaver in very cold months of the year and can be easily worn under normal clothing. Some kinds, like these Noble Mount thermals have moisture management (keeps you dry and comfortable) and antimicrobial protection (keeps you odor free). I’m borrowing Sol’s at the moment, but I’m definitely considering investing in a pair of my own.
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