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Sanity Savers for Sensitive Moms

by Rebecca Eanes on Mar 31st, 2017

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A lightbulb may be going off for you right about now. Things may start to make sense as you identify with this trait. There’s nothing wrong with you! In fact, being highly sensitive has its benefits. We are very intuitive, empathic, and compassionate people. We are creative, productive, attentive, and thoughtful.

Motherhood comes with a good deal of noise, mess, and strong smells. Self-care is critical for sensitive moms. If I don’t find time to shut off the sensory input, I can become irritable. I’m definitely not at my best if I don’t escape to my sanctuary sometimes! If you are a sensitive mom, these sanity savers will help you avoid overwhelm, recharge, and manage life better in a loud and flashy world.

1. Identify your triggers. Pay attention to what overwhelms your senses. When you understand yourself better and become aware of the feelings and sensations in your body as it relates to your environment, you can adjust to minimize or possibly altogether avoid certain triggers.

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2. Create a sanctuary. I turned my bedroom into a calm and delightful area with ambient lighting, a soft comforter, and I filled it with books. If you can’t transform a room, take over a small area. Fill it with things that are pleasing to your senses. A soft pillow. A lightly fragranced candle. Listen to something calming. Neuroscience says listening to this song reduces anxiety by 65 percent. Download it on your device.

3. Know what re-energizes and re-focuses you. Just as important as identifying your triggers is identifying your strengtheners. Listening to a chapter of an audiobook, taking a walk outside, or playing music while I take a hot shower all help me get re-centered. It’s essential that you build in a little time each day to do what fills you up.

4. Organize your spaces and keep them clutter free. Believe me, I know this is a challenge when you have kids. Their bedrooms and play room are a different story, but the main living areas I dwell in – the living room, kitchen, and my bedroom – are kept relatively tidy. It seems that my head space is directly related to my living space. If one is cluttered, they both are. Is it just me? All I know is that I feel much more at peace when everything is in its place.

5. Learn to honor your sensitive self and live a slower, more intentional life. It’s okay to say no to that invitation if you know it’s going to drain you. You don’t have to have your kids signed up for every sport and extracurricular that comes around. You’re not obligated to help run everything you’re involved in. When we are stretched too thin, it takes a toll on our already sensitive nervous systems, and when there are no blank spaces in the calendar, there is no room for cozying around and recharging.

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6. Build in calming connection time with your kids. This has been a vital step for me because I’m raising two boys, one of which is very exuberant (read: loud and energetic). There is a time for Nerf wars and having light saber battles, but every night I bring them into my sanctuary for 30 minutes to an hour of reading aloud and chatting, even though they are big boys now. The only light is my book light. It’s a relaxing way to end the day. This has become a favorite ritual for all of us.

Rebecca Eanes, is the founder of positive-parents.org and creator of Positive Parenting: Toddlers and Beyond. She is the bestselling author of 3 books. Her newest book,Positive Parenting: An Essential Guide, is more than a parenting book, it's a guide to human connection. She has also written The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parentingand co-authored the book, Positive Parenting in Action: The How-To Guide to Putting Positive Parenting Principles in Action in Early ChildhoodShe is the grateful mother to 2 boys.

 

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