Self Care Websites I Recommend for HSPs
- Autumn and Fig. Dr. Alexandria "ALI" Hotmer is an HSP therapist and offers wonderful resources for self-care. I have met her in person and she has a lovely caring, calming presence.
- Headspace.com. I love this meditation/mindfulness app. You would be surprised how ten minutes a day can be very centering, grounding and calming, which are all things important for HSPs! The first ten are free so you can try it.
- Insight Timer. Many of my clients and students love this free app-you can pick how long you want to meditate and there are many different meditation teachers.
- Earplugs. Many HSPs have challenges sleeping. I recommend trying these Mack earplugs to reduce the amount of times you wake up in the night due to noise or you may prefer a white noise machine, fan, or soothing music.
- Weighted blankets affect proprioceptor input that can help our brain release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which can create a sense of calm. Many companies make them now. I have one from weightingcomforts.com that I like the flatness of and the weight but the flannel is not soft sensory-wise so I use a duvet over it. The company said they make some with softer material so you can inquire about that. I also have one I like from SensaCalm that also make custom ones. It's a bit puffier and can be cozy if you like that part. There are a lot more companies making these types of blankets now so I invite you to explore what feels right to you.
- Do the same five things before bed every night, our brain begins to recognize sleep is coming by about the 3rd step. Also, if we warm up our body with a bath/shower before sleeping, the process of cooling the body after can initiate better sleep as well.
- Try a bath with lavender or epsom salts.
- Lighting a soothing candle
- Reading something non-stimulating
- Turning off the lights
- Listening to meditation or soothing music