Have you ever heard that you are ”too sensitive” or ”react too strongly” or maybe even ”too dramatic”? You are not alone; you might be, just like me, a highly sensitive person, a HSP as some call it. This can be very troublesome and you might have a hard time with anxiety, but here are some suggestions on how to cope and turn your sensitivity into a super power.
We all suffer from anxiety now and again. It can be right before a job interview, a test, a first date or moving to a new city. But for a highly sensitive person the anxiety can make it harder to fall asleep, relax or even concentrate, because your thoughts are racing. We, the HSPs, tend to be creative and have very active minds, which means that we can conjure all those great ideas, but also the negative thoughts that fuel our anxiety.
HSP basically means that sounds, strong smells and colors overwhelm you. You feel everything with a much stronger intensity than others might. Another example is that you can walk into a room with people and absorb the feeling straightaway. Other things that characterize a highly sensitive person are;
- Getting rattled when you have a lot to do in a short amount of time
- Avoiding violent movies and TV shows
- The need to withdraw during busy days, into bed or a darkened room or some other place where you can have privacy and relief from a situation
- Making it a high priority to arrange your life to avoid upsetting or overwhelming situations
- Noticing or enjoying delicate or fine scents, tastes, sounds, or works of art
- Having a rich and complex inner life
So how do we cope with this?
Being highly sensitive means that you get the good and the bad. You’ll have problems with anxiety and might absorb other’s negativity, but you may also have more empathy for others, notice the details that most people miss and have an extraordinary creative mind. People want to be near you because your sensitivity is spreading so much goodness and love into their lives.
Remember that your feelings change and don’t panic when you feel a bit down. Feelings are only temporary and your anxiety will pass. Acknowledge its presence and let it move along and bring back those good happy thoughts again. This takes a bit of practice! But when in doubt remember to not let your feelings take control over your life.
Another tip is to talk to someone. Talk about what you feel, why you’re sad, angry or frustrated. It’ll help you to understand your patterns and sometimes you might even realize that the anxiety wasn’t yours to begin with, you just happened to absorb someone else’s negativity and kept it within. Most importantly, remember that whatever happens you’ll be OK. Your sensitivity is not a curse, but a gift. To be able to feel things intensely is a wonderful thing! You’re enjoying the beautiful and crazy mess we call life with every breath and you should never apologize for being the way you are.
By: Victoria Thoors / Source: http://hsperson.com/