Jenny’s self-love routine includes many elements that are not only helpful to highly sensitive people and empaths, they are beneficial to everyone. Make a list of your own or download the poster of Jenny's self-love list here.
#1 Gratitude Meditation - people who engage in gratitude exercises (journaling, meditation, talking) exercise more, have fewer physical symptoms, are more optimistic, have higher energy and sleep better. This is just a few of the benefits. Take a few minutes each day to express thanks for the big and small things in your life.
#2 Self-Care: A Divine Responsibility - much like gratitude, taking care of ourselves has many benefits including a better immune system, less stress, depression, anxiety, and other emotional issues. It's also been discovered that people who care for themselves are better at caring for others. From head to toe, this activity can be creative and fun, so mix it up and enjoy yourself!
#3 Grounding - have you ever felt foggy, disconnected or out of synch with your day? Or perhaps you suffer from anxiety or mild phobias? Chances are, your energy is not flowing properly. There are many simple exercises (some physical, some mental) that you can do wherever you are to help get you grounded. We'll be sharing a list of exercises in a next week's post. Sign up here to receive it.
#4 Nutrition - This is a no brainer. So why do so many teens have trouble with eating right? I believe the answer is 'processed food'. I believe it's as addictive as nicotine or alcohol. And I think that many are afraid to give it up because they believe eating healthy won't give them the same pleasure. In upcoming posts, we're going to offer you some dares to swap out a specific junk food item for something healthy and equally satisfying. In the meantime, just put down the Cheetos.
#5 Kind Gesture - extending yourself to another individual (whether it's face-to-face, digitally or in your thoughts) is a win-win. Not only does the person you reached out to benefit from your gesture, but you do, as well. That's because when we perform an act of kindness it modifies our brains in a way that causes elation. Don't believe me? Check out this study (it's really super academic, but I want you to know that I do my homework).
#6 Connect with Nature - this one is especially true for HSPs/empaths. Getting away from the energy pollution of crowds, electronic devices and material things is rejuvenating to our systems. Whether you take a walk on a trail, sit by a lake or the ocean, or just stand outside and look up at the sky... you'll feel the difference!
#7 Reflective Contemplation - this means to simply think about a past or current event in your life and consider reasons why you did what you did, what the result was, and if you might do it differently the next time and why. Reflective contemplation is a huge step in self-awareness and enlightenment.
#8 Celebrate Myself & Life - Jenny needed this one a lot and I'll bet you do, too. How often do you put down the cell phone, break from your schedule, forget the must-dos and be in awe that you are alive!? Dancing, smiling, laughing, feeling good... it's fuel for your soul! Next time your favorite song comes on the radio, dance! Or if you find your two minutes ahead of schedule, stop and breathe in the miracle that is you!
#9 Music - Beside being fun, energizing, emotional and uplifting, music also has medicinal purposes. It's healing powers can alleviate pain, lower blood pressure, help insomnia, boost immunity, increase learning, IQ and memory. For empaths, it can help with grounding and be a quick adjustment to clear others' emotional energy from your field.
#10 Learn from the Masters - It used to be that if you wanted to learn something, you either had to read a book or take a course. Now all you have to do is hop on YouTube, subscribe to a podcast or download a file to your ipad. The variety of mediums available - not to mention the abundance of information - is what makes now the best time ever to absorb some of the great knowledge about the universe. The hard part is figuring out where to start. In upcoming posts, we'll share some of our favorites that are suited to teen audiences.
Jeannette is the author of the novel "Diary of a Teenage Empath" and two HSP/Empath workbooks for children & teens. She is an Integrative Health Coach who, with her mentor Dr. Wendy Nickerson, launched the first-ever accredited HSP training program for mental health professionals. She leads an HSP community group in Halifax and advocates for HSPs in the mental health community.
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