5 Things You Must Be Aware Of, And How To Benefit From It
For a highly sensitive person, a drizzle feels like a monsoon. – Unknown
If you belong to the part of the population that is highly sensitive, then you recognize the following:
- You are much quicker to get over-stimulated than those around you.
- You react much more than your friends and acquaintances to light, smells and sounds (people who chew noisily – you know what I’m talking about, right?).
- You are very quickly affected if you do not sleep properly or are hungry.
- You are very sensitive to the feelings and moods of others
- When you are flying high (are happy), then you fly REALLY high – and when you dive down (feel sad), you dive down deeply
These are just some of the characteristics of being highly sensitive, and if you are not aware of the following 5 things, it will have major implications for your life.
Being young and sensitive
I remember how I really had difficulties being in the world when I was young.
I was very quickly influenced by the mood and feelings of others surrounding me.
For example, when I had been in a mall, I was completely wasted afterwards, and often in really bad mood.
My friends found it hard to understand why I was so annoyed if someone chew very noisily or spoke really loudly.
They often felt that I was a bit too sensitive.
At the same time, it was overwhelming for them that I was able to fly REALLY high, before diving really low shortly after.
I don’t blame them.
It can be difficult to navigate through, and, man, it was for me too.
Only when I entered my twenties did I learn how to shield myself and take care of my own energy.
I learned how to sort out what was mine and what was someone else’s.
Maintaining a good balance can still be challenging today, and being highly sensitive, where one tends to take on too much responsibility, you also need to take care of yourself.
Therefore, in this blog post, I will give you 5 things that you should pay particular close attention to if you are highly sensitive.
5 things that will make it much easier for you to take care of yourself.
Because – really, it’s a HUGE gift to be highly sensitive – but only if you learn some tips and tricks to how to take care of yourself.
So what do you say?
Are you ready?
1: Accept that you are highly sensitive, and that it is not going to change
Sometimes, you can feel that the world is VERY overwhelming, especially when being highly sensitive.
It can be challenging to navigate in a world that consists of so many beautiful things, but also things like war, hatred, anger and destruction.
Therefore, it can sometimes be tempting to think “if I could just be more closed,” if I could just shut more down, “if I just wasn’t so fucking sensitive.”
Being highly sensitive isn’t something that goes away, and the first step to being able to use it even more to your advantage, is to accept it.
You are highly sensitive.
It is not going to disappear – it’s just about turning it into your favor.
2: You need more time alone/quiet time than most people
If you do not take the time once in a while to just be alone – you will be over-stimulated.
And being over-stimulated sucks.
It results in having a FAR shorter fuse.
Tension in the body.
You snap at other people.
Do you recognize this?
That’s why it is so important that you are aware of getting your alone time and quiet time.
Others may not understand why you need to pull back – and that is not necessary either.
Just know that it benefits both them and you when you get some time alone.
3: Surround yourself with the right people and be in the right surroundings
It is amazing how much you are affected by other people, when being highly sensitive.
Therefore, it is also important that you surround yourself with people who:
- can accommodate that you are highly sensitive
- understand that you need to pull away once in a while to recharge
- don’t complain and are full of negativity
- do not make fun of your sensitivity
- are positive and loving
While being influenced by the people you are around, you are also incredibly influenced by your surroundings.
It can, therefore, be incredibly beneficial to check up on things like:
- are there any annoying sounds where you live or work? (get it fixed)
- is your bedding soft?
- have you cut the tags out of the clothes so that they don’t scratch you? (oh, I hate that)
- are your clothes nice to wear and comfortable?
- how are the lighting where you are staying? (I have a REAL problem with fluorescent lamps and bulbs – they blink in such a strange way).
- do you have a good bed and a nice temperature where you sleep? (clutter upsets your mind and your senses become overstimulated).
4: The more you can see it as a gift – the better
Although being highly sensitive may feel a bit like a curse sometimes, it is a HUGE gift when you manage to protect yourself and use it as the gift it is.
My highly sensitive side is incredible when I have coaching sessions, online courses or numerology sessions.
Although I am sitting in Bali and my sessions are over Skype, it is incredibly easy for me to feel the person at the other end (even without video).
I can quickly tune into moods, emotions, blockages and the like.
It’s like reading between the lines.
Without this highly sensitive part of me, this would not be possible.
It gives me and you the opportunity to connect with people in a deeper way than otherwise.
If you are a coach, therapist, supervisor or someone who works with people, then you know what I mean.
Remember, it is a HUGE gift, and use it wisely.
5: Protect yourself from negativity, news, radio and the like
I haven’t watched the news for ten years now.
I don’t read the newspapers.
I don’t listen to the radio.
We all know that bad news (the worse the better) sells.
The news is filled with fear, anger, hatred and bad things.
When you shield yourself from the news, radio, etc., you will find that you suddenly get a lot more energy to make a difference in the world.
When you do not worry about things that you cannot do anything about, you have the energy to help others and be the beautiful soul that you are.
Those who are nurtured by negativity will tell you how you don’t take responsibility if you stop letting yourself be controlled by the fear-filled news.
But they haven’t understood the point.
On the contrary, you are taking responsibility for being the best possible version of you in the world and to contribute as much as possible.
You can’t do that if you’re constantly being filled with negativity.
Try it for just a week and see what happens!
Things that can help you recharge
As you already know, you need to be even more aware of recharging your batteries.
You need to take extra care of yourself and your senses.
Therefore, I have made a list of things that can really help you, who are highly sensitive:
- Alone time
- Sort out all negativity
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Pull away when you need it
- Don’t seek people’s understanding (people who are not highly sensitive won’t understand it – how should they?)
- Accept that you are highly sensitive, and use it to your advantage.
I very much hope that this post comes in handy, and you are more than welcome to share it with the people you know, who are also highly sensitive (and also with those who are not).
I wish you a lovely day.
Kisses from M.
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You can easily be STRONG and highly sensitive at the same time, and in this particular challenge, we work with habits and the mindset, which really lift you and your life to the next level.