I Spend as Much Time in Nature as Possible
My intense sensitive reactions are often prompted by elements of the indoor world, like artificial lighting, stuffy air, or the sound of a neighbor's home construction project in action. Escaping into nature every morning when I was staying home with my child made all the difference in coping with my life as a Highly Sensitive Person. I get out of the house as soon as possible each day, for a long stroller walk by the water, a hike in the woods, or playtime at the beach.
I'm a highly sensitive person (HSP), which means I have stronger emotional and sensory responses than many other people. Sometimes, for example, bright lights or loud sounds can send me into a panic or trigger unbearable migraines. I can't watch even remotely scary movie scenes and I have moments where I can't bear to be touched or when voices sound like they are bouncing off my skull.
When I became a mom, I quickly found that some things, like watching my baby get a shot or hearing her loudly crying, set me on edge. When it comes to navigating successfully through life as a HSP, becoming a mom has brought up some of the most difficult scenarios that I have faced. I think this is become parenting is a task during which you need to care for another person's physical and mental state while managing your own. Finding my balance is an ongoing process, but there are a few key ways that I bring a sense of confidence and calm into my life as a parent.