We all know that grounding and restorative activity like Hatha yoga or swimming can help calm our sensitive nervous systems. But what about when you want something high-impact? What about when you want to push yourself?
I remember walking into the “Cardio Sculpt” class at my gym. I was in the mood for something challenging and intense. I had energy to burn and was ready to channel it. I was feeling motivated and confident…until the instructor turned on the music.
Many HSPs struggle with wanting to exercise intensely without feeling over-stimulated. Good news, HSPs: I think I found the sweet spot.
I recently stumbled upon the free exercise video site, Fitness Blender. The workouts offered are varied, fun and range in level of intensity. I found myself going back to their site over and over, and if finally dawned on me that their high-intensity workouts are HSP-friendly!
Some of the qualities that make this so:
Highly Sensitive People like intensity as much as the next guy, as long as it doesn’t overwhelm us. Fitness Blender gave me a great example of ways HSPs can meet our needs for excitement while also honoring the ways we’re wired.
Finding resources that work for us is an essential part of supporting our sensitive nervous systems. In Flourish, my 12-week interactive program enrolling now, we explore the ways our HSP trait makes us vulnerable to frequent overwhelm and burnout.
I teach you the most effective ways to eliminate overwhelm, including how to identify HSP-friendly supports. Often, the littlest adjustments have the biggest impacts and allow you to get back to doing what you love.
Learn more about the program here:
I hope you’re having a great start to the week. Out my window, I’m watching the snow drift down and coat the world in a soothing wintry silence. I hope you also experience something pleasing to your soul today.
Brooke Nielsen, LMFT
Brooke Nielsen, LMFT has dedicated over 10,000 hours to supporting Highly Sensitive People as a psychotherapist and global HSP consultant. She practices psychotherapy in Boulder, CO and specializes in working with sensitivity and healing of trauma (EMDR). She's also the founder of Intuitive Warrior, an online platform offering resources and support to Highly Sensitive People worldwide. An HSP herself, Brooke went years feeling overwhelmed and anxious before learning how to support her finely-tuned nervous system. She considers it a joy and an honor to get to pass that knowledge and support on to others.
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