How Highly Sensitives Can Gain More Energy

“Why am I not excited to go for a walk in nature? I love being out in nature.”

Do you sometimes feel too tired and overwhelmed to do the things you love to do?

A lack of energy happens when an HSP doesn’t understand what gives them energy and what depletes their energy.

We’re going to look into this, so you have the time and energy to enjoy your life.

So we’ll look at whether you are an introvert or extrovert, what gives you energy, depletes your energy, and identify reciprocal relationships.

Are you a Highly Sensitive introvert or a Highly Sensitive extrovert?

First, you need to know if you are an introvert or an extrovert. Seventy percent of HSPs are introverts, and thirty percent are extroverts.

Introverts need to spend time alone to recharge and build their energy back up.

Introverts enjoy staying home and engaging in relaxing activities such as reading, watching documentaries, crafting, and spending time in nature.

HSP extroverts, on the other hand, recharge both by socializing and spending time alone.

Extroverts are often more outspoken, outgoing, and love being around other people.

However, too much socializing can deplete an HSP extrovert, so it’s important they find the right balance.

Knowing how much time daily alone time you need to recharge is important.

What gives a Highly Sensitive more energy?

Let’s take a look at what can positively impact a Highly Sensitives energy levels.

Sleep is something an HSP needs in abundance. Many of us need more than the average 8 hours a day.

Eating fresh fruit and vegetables daily.

Staying hydrated throughout the day.

Exercising daily lowers the body’s stress hormones and increases chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

Downtime is another important factor in gaining energy. The world around us constantly stimulates us; we need scheduled downtime to decompress.

Nature is essential for the health of an HSP. Taking a walk or sitting out in nature, observing, and listening can be very rejuvenating. It’s peaceful energy.

Meditating is another excellent way to gain energy. It helps reduce stress and calm the mind and body. It puts you in a place of balance.

Napping can be very refreshing. Even a twenty-minute nap is rejuvenating.

Spending time with pets or animals. The love and energy they have is contagious.

Surrounding yourself with uplifting and caring people.

Getting creative-creativity reduces anxiety, depression, and stress. It helps focus the mind and has a calming effect on the brain and body.

What depletes a Highly Sensitives energy?

Knowing what depletes your energy is just as important as knowing what gives you energy.

Conflict is a big one. When an HSP encounters conflict on an ongoing basis, it can deplete their energy.

Reflecting on and identifying relationships you find stressful.

The stress hormone cortisol causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure and is very damaging over time.

Being around loud people. For Highly Sensitives crowds and loud noise can deplete our energy.

Not taking steps to accept and heal past trauma means we are negatively dwelling on the past. Even if only subconsciously.

By ruminating on something that happened in the past, we’re stressing over it unnecessarily.

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, some HSPs can struggle with self-medicating by using alcohol and or drugs.

It’s important to recognize that an HSPs nervous system is highly developed, and chemicals have more of an impact on them than non-HSPs.

What are reciprocal energy exchanges?

Then we have reciprocal energy exchanges. Let’s take a look at what that looks like.

When we look at the technical definition of the word reciprocal, “given or felt by each toward the other,” it puts things into perspective.

Reciprocal exchanges are so important for an HSP. We need, and love, to feel understood. Especially since we only make up 15-20% of the population.

We need that interaction—that sense of belonging to fulfill our emotional needs.

Our personality trait is unique because having at least one person in your life who “gets you” is very rewarding.

Most of the time, reciprocal exchanges happen when you meet people with a higher level of sensitivity or another HSP.

Reciprocal energy exchanges raise the vibration of your personality and your relationships. It creates a safe place and encourages you to be fully yourself.

Figuring out if you’re an introvert or extrovert, finding ways to gain energy, identifying what depletes your energy, and the importance of engaging in reciprocal energy exchanges all play a big part in increasing our energy levels.

So if you’ve been struggling to find the energy to do the things you enjoy and spend more time with those you love, this can get you on track.

What do you do to gain more energy?

Shannon is a Highly Sensitive Person and an Introvert. She is a coach for Highly Sensitive People. She is an advocate for breaking the stigma on mental health. She loves laughter, kittens and helping people live their best lives.


  • Max

    “We need that interaction—that sense of belonging to fulfill our emotional needs.” – I’ve got zero of that. On the negative actually. It is ruining me.

    • Shannon

      I’m so sorry it’s that way. It’s hard to be who we are without an understanding friend. Have you tried Facebook groups or maybe meetups? I have formed a great circle of understanding friends by groups. I don’t know what I’d do without them 🌸

  • Laurie

    I’ve learned a lot about each area of being an HSP but i keep finding that that the reciprocal exchange is the area I lack the most. I keep finding I need to find ways to find that kind of interaction more. I appreciate your sharing.

    • Janice

      An excellent article! So full of extremely important information and questions to ask oneself. Thank you for this great read!

    • Shannon

      It’s very hard for us to find that connection but when we do it’s wonderful. Don’t give up 🙂 I have faith it will come to you. Have you tried Facebook groups or meetups? I’ve made some great friends that way. I hope you can find that connection soon 💗

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