The Best Ways To Recharge // Introvert, HSP, Empath

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Everyone needs to recharge in some way but everyone has a different cut off point, in regards to stimulation, that they can take before they break down. Highly sensitive people have a much lower level than most people, introverts also have a lower level but this does apply to everyone in some way. Too much stimulation can mean different things to different people. To me it means being around people, conflict and negative or strong emotions of others, loud noises, bright lights and generally a lot of things going on at once. There is so much stimulation at work that I like to spend the weekends recharging. I work 12 hour shifts so it is really important that I give myself some time away to do what I enjoy in order to allow myself to feel happiness.

If I don’t recharge, stress and anxiety builds, negative thoughts build and I become depressed or experience strong unwanted emotions. I know in order to balance my emotions I need to take care of myself and put myself first otherwise my life is a constant struggle and it affects other people as well as myself.

It’s important for me to set boundaries and this is something I am still working on. Here’s is a list of some of the things that I avoid:

  • Going somewhere other than home after work – social events are a definite no after a really long day
  • Arranging a holiday where I constantly have to be around people all day and night
  • Spending time around toxic/negative people as much as possible
  • Violent movies
  • Spending the whole weekend out
  • Planning to go out when I know I won’t have had enough time to recharge
  • Crowds – in large doses

Here’s some things I do to recharge and you could do them too:

  1. Spending time with family who I find easy to be around
  2. Spending time with my partner and with my dog
  3. Keeping the house tidy – I tidy on the first day I have off work which makes me have a better weekend
  4. Having candlelit baths with essential oils, incense and a book
  5. Taking photographs/video/writing/some other creative pursuit
  6. Walks in nature
  7. Yoga – in particular taking a class
  8. Meditation
  9. Reading in bed at the end of the day
  10. Watering my plants
  11. Cycling
  12. Watching something really good on Netflix – current favourite is Gilmore Girls
  13. Being idle
  14. Watching videos on Youtube
  15. Reading blogs
  16. Creating videos and blog posts
  17. Playing music – whatever I feel like

What do you like to do to recharge?

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