Ways To Cope With High Sensitivity

People can be hard to deal with, live with and communicate with. If people keep telling you to stop taking their remarks so seriously and if you often notice that everything people say to you stays in your mind for a very long time, you might be a highly sensitive person. And that's not a flaw, but dealing with it can be cumbersome. Improving your lifestyle as a highly sensitive person People may not always know if they're highly sensitive, but when the feeling starts kicking in that they might be, they often scour the internet to find out more about the topic. We've recently published an article in which the key indicators of high sensitivity are enumerated. You might've already found out that you possess a considerable amount of the traits that a highly sensitive person has and now you're probably wondering what to do with them. Coping with them can be the key to a happier and more peaceful life. In this article we'll take a look at ways to embrace those unique characteristics and deal with feelings and emotions that overwhelm you as a highly sensitive person (HSP).

Ways To Cope With High Sensitivity

Improving your lifestyle as a highly sensitive person

People may not always know if they're highly sensitive, but when the feeling starts kicking in that they might be, they often scour the internet to find out more about the topic. We've recently published an article in which the key indicators of high sensitivity are enumerated. You might've already found out that you possess a considerable amount of the traits that a highly sensitive person has and now you're probably wondering what to do with them. Coping with them can be the key to a happier and more peaceful life. In this article we'll take a look at ways to embrace those unique characteristics and deal with feelings and emotions that overwhelm you as a highly sensitive person (HSP).

Determine triggers and avoid stimuli

To work your way around things that bother you, you'll have to find out what they are and how they affect you. You can then start taking thinking about ways to prevent being triggered in the first place and how to cope with stimuli if you can't avoid getting triggered.

For example, you can completely avoid an activity, being part of an agonizing situation or receiving triggering remarks from people. You could immediately cut off a discussion with a person when you start feeling that you're unable to continue it without being hurt. On the other hand, talking your way out could be an even better option. Although it requires more effort, it could be more rewarding because you don't think about it for long afterwards. 

Knowing that something can trigger you doesn't always mean you have to avoid it. For example, you love music but you also know that a lot of noise can trigger you. That doesn't mean you can't listen to music whenever and wherever you want. You could buy a set of noise-cancelling closed headphones to isolate yourself from the crowds, so that all you hear is your music and the people around you can't hear you. You can even go to concerts if that's something you'd like to do. Just make sure to bring earbuds with you that protect you from excessive noise.

Plan things ahead

It might be helpful to do some research before planning a night out or any other activity. For example, if you and your highly sensitive girlfriend or boyfriend want to go out for dinner, you could make a reservation for a quiet day and time. Perhaps you both have a day off on Tuesday. You know that restaurants are busiest on weekends, so you could decide to go on Tuesday to avoid the crowds. Planning things in advance is important as it can help avoid unpleasant and unexpected surprises.

Speak up when you're bothered

One of the traits a highly sensitive person has is the ability to perceive different kinds of stimuli more easily than a non-HSP. That can be both advantageous and inconvenient. If you're triggered by someone's behaviour they might not even notice that they've done something wrong and that you're bothered by it. You'll then have to choose between two options. You can ignore it and leave it the way it is or you can say something about it. You may tend to pick the first option, because it seems like the easier way out. This thought often arises in highly sensitive people, because of the fear that they will cause a conflict with other people. Talking to someone about it often proves to be the best option. If you subtly let someone know that their behaviour is bothering you and that you'd like them to stop, they will likely apologize to you and change their behaviour towards you in most cases.

When you try to do what you can to avoid stimuli in your environment and you encounter a trigger that's outside of your control and that's caused by someone else, it's important to not let your fear prevail. In such a case you should think about your own needs rather than someone else's comfort.

Take your time to decompress

As a highly sensitive person you can get overwhelmed by negative emotions. When you feel like they're piling up fast, it might be wise to take a step back. After all, sometimes retreating is required to advance. It's important to recognize when you need time for yourself to thrive and recharge.

Make sure you stick to a proper sleep schedule. A lack of enough sleep can cause mood swings, stress and a lack of concentration and productivity. In addition to getting a good night's sleep, feeling well rested during the day is important too. Try to make enough time for yourself to relax and think in calmness. Since highly sensitive people often desire a quiet, peaceful environment there's no harm in surrounding yourself with the tranquility of nature. Light some candles and incense with soothing scents to help you regain your connection with yourself after a long and stressful day.

Embrace your traits and remember the advantages of high sensitivity

High sensitivity can make it hard for you to live your daily life the way you might want to, but don't forget that being a highly sensitive person doesn't come with only drawbacks. Highly sensitive people often possess unique traits, such as conscientiousness, empathy and creativity. You have an easier time understanding people and their needs and you also tend to act faster on them than other people.

Highly sensitive people often criticize themselves and tend to ignore their feelings, emotions and needs. They often focus almost entirely on other people instead. If you're one of those people, know that it's important to accept yourself the way you are. Willing to make your life as a highly sensitive person more bearable is a great aspiration, but make it a personal goal and don't do it for the sake of others.