Updated: May 9
As a highly sensitive person (HSP), you may often feel overwhelmed and stressed by the world around you. Your heightened sensitivity to stimuli such as noise, light, and emotions can make it challenging to navigate everyday life. As we know, increased stress is not a recipe for Joy, so we must learn to cultivate joy for ourselves.
One of my highly sensitive friends and I have a practice of texting each other to ask what we did for joy that day. It helps hold us accountable in bringing more positivity into our lives. One answer we often give for what we have done for joy that day is the practice of yoga and other joyful movement.
Although mainstream now, Yoga is an ancient practice that involves not only the physical postures, but also breathing techniques, meditation and tools to navigate life. It has been shown to improve mental and physical well-being, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase feelings of happiness and joy. For HSPs, yoga can be especially beneficial as it provides a safe and nurturing space to connect with your body and mind.
Here are some ways that yoga can help you cultivate Joy:
Relieves stress and anxiety: Yoga has been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, the hormone associated with stress. By practicing yoga regularly, you can lower your stress and anxiety levels, leading to a greater sense of calm and joy.
Increases body awareness: HSPs often struggle with feeling disconnected from their bodies. Yoga can help you reconnect with your physical sensations and improve your body awareness. By paying attention to your body's needs, you can cultivate a greater sense of self-care and joy.
Enhances emotional regulation: HSPs are often more emotionally reactive than others. Yoga can help you develop emotional regulation skills by teaching you how to observe your emotions without judgment. This can lead to greater emotional balance and a more positive outlook on life.
Promotes relaxation: Yoga emphasizes deep breathing, relaxation, and mindfulness. These practices can help HSPs relax and let go of tension, leading to a greater sense of peace and joy.
In addition to yoga, other movement practices such as dance, tai chi, and qigong can also benefit HSPs. These practices emphasize gentle movement, breath work, and mindfulness, providing a safe and nurturing space for HSPs to connect with their bodies and emotions.
Do you have a friend who can be your JOY buddy? All it takes is a simple text to check in and help each other enJOY life more!
With love & sensitivity,