First and foremost, you are not too sensitive. There is nothing wrong with you. Your are perfect the way you are.
When you’re a highly sensitive person, the world can seem overwhelming. Noises, lights, smells…everything seems intense. You notice things it seems no one else does, and when you point it out, people treat you as if you’re flawed or odd. After a while, it becomes easy to think of yourself that way too.
When we allow the negative thought process to sneak in, we start to get critical of ourselves, we naturally start looking for a ‘fix’ – something to make us look and act like everyone else. But have you considered you’re really not the problem after all? There’s nothing wrong with you. In fact, you’re probably more empathetic to those around you. So, embrace this sensitivity. There’s no fix necessary, just more understanding and perhaps a little more patience.
When we’re highly sensitive, sometimes we just can’t help our reactions. Tears come when a certain piece of music is played, or when we see one of those ads with the puppies on TV. Emotions live near the surface, and we don’t always know what to do with them.
How often have you pretended you had some dust in your eye, or that there was some other reason altogether for your tears? The problem is, by pretending we’re not affected by the world around us, we’re not only lying to those around us, but we’re also lying to ourselves. We become actors in our own lives.
The key to lasting happiness comes in honesty. It’s time to own who you are. There’s nothing wrong with being highly sensitive. In fact, there’s a lot to be said for someone who experiences the world so fully and completely. With this thought in mind, go ahead and cry over commercials. It’s all right!
Have you ever felt like you were the only person in the world to see things the way you do? The highly sensitive individual can’t help but see things differently. The world is so much more vast, more interesting, and full of intriguing possibilities. At the same time, this much breadth and depth can also lead to overwhelm, especially when you’re always the one pointing out what’s obvious to you, but not so obvious to everyone else. The good news is there are other people like you in the world.
By finding others who are also highly sensitive, you broaden your horizons in new ways. Finding your tribe means you can draw from the experiences of those around you while basking in the comfort and warmth of friendships with people who truly understand you. Win-win, wouldn’t you say?
To the highly sensitive person, the world is an open book. Every smell, every sound is magnified. The details are also there, meaning so is the data. The highly sensitive individual tends to figure out things faster than anyone else. The question then becomes, if you’re that person who’s so in sync with the world, are you seeing the possibilities or the disasters?
If you tend to see what’s going wrong, it might be time for an attitude adjustment. Always seeing the glass as half empty means you’re more likely to be depressed and anxious, worried about what’s to come. To change this point of view, you need to make a conscious shift in thinking to see instead what’s right instead of what’s wrong. When you’re able to do that, you’re going to find the world is much easier to get along with. This becomes the difference between surviving and thriving. In the end, which would you rather do?
Remember you attract the things you think about, positivity is important if you want to attract positive into your life. Begin to realize what a gift being super sensitive can be. We’ll talk more about this in another blog post, but for now, appreciate yourself for who you are – a valuable, sensitive, and perfect in your own special way person.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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