We all know that working a 9-to-5 job can be stressful for many, but depending on the job, this can be especially true for a highly sensitive person, or HSP.
Here's are 4 ways I help myself stay grounded at work in a very busy, high-intensity job as an HSP.
I stay grateful. Before I even get up in the morning, I think of (and sometimes write down) at least 3 things I'm thankful for. This really sets my tone for the day and gets me excited for what is to come, even if some of the tasks of the day seem daunting.
I root myself in who I am, not who others or my job thinks I need to be. This helps me accept hard things that occur at work as situations I can assist with rather than part of my identity. An example of an affirmation I might pick for myself is: I am capable, responsible, and kind.
Take 3-4 moments each day to just breathe. I usually use the square breathing technique (breathe in for 4, hold for 4, out for 4, and hold for 4 again) to calm my heart rate and breathing rate down. I also use calming essential oils during this breathing time because essential oils can be found in the bloodstream within 22 seconds, so they do their work quickly!
4. Leave Work at Work
As hard as this can be, I've had to learn to separate my work feelings from my home feelings. I am very "feely" and it can be easy for me to get caught up in the way things at work made me feel or how I hurt for a circumstance that my students may be undergoing. By processing it on my commute home, I can step into my house with a different mindset and ready to truly rest and sleep better, have family time, or get chores done without feeling the weight of all that occurred at work on my shoulders.
These take practice, but implementing these 4 strategies have really helped me be my best at work while still having energy left for my family and myself.
How do YOU stay grounded as an HSP working a 9-to-5 job?