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It’s Never Easy To Be A Sensitive Person, Here’s Why

It’s Never Easy To Be A Sensitive Person, Here’s Why

Sensitivity can be a gift, but it’s never easy to cope with it at times. If you’re one, you’ll know.

Here are the difficulties we face.

1. We Feel Much More

We feel so much more than other people. We can pick up on the atmosphere in a room as soon as we walk in. Sometimes we will feel exactly as the other people are feeling.

We wonder why all of a sudden our mood has changed from calm to anxious when really we’ve just picked up on the anxiety of someone close to us. We are like sponges – soaking up the emotional energy that surrounds us. This is not always a good thing – it can be very frustrating at times.

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2. We Pay Attention To Details

Going out for dinner with a sensitive person can prove to be a real exercise in restraint. We pay so much attention to detail that we have to consider every eventuality before reaching a decision.

It can be comical to observe this in action unless of course you’re in a hurry.

3. We Are Likely To Develop Anxiety And Depression

I have Bipolar Disorder. Genetics plays a role but my highly sensitive nature was a determining factor in the development of this condition.

We react so strongly to our environment that our nervous systems become overwhelmed and start to malfunction.

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For this reason, sensitive people should learn about how they work and put some measures in place to protect themselves from being overwhelmed too often.

4. We Are Sensitive to Our Physical Environment

Loud noises, bright lights and strong smells all affect us in a very negative way. Just walking down the street or hanging out in a bar can be hard work. We become over-stimulated and perhaps agitated. Getting away from the source of this reaction is the best thing to do. This can be a major inconvenience at times.

I react like there’s an earthquake when I walk past a jackhammer on the street. Heads turn and people laugh but to me the sound is absolutely unbearable.

5. Our Emotions Stay For A Long Time

We have to be very careful not to watch violence on T.V or read violent books. The negative images can stay with us forever.

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As much as I’d love to watch ‘The Walking Dead’ it’s out of the question for me.

I avoid funerals whenever I can. If I do attend a funeral I will almost always be depressed by the time I get home.

6. We Cry So Easily

We can’t have a good argument without crying. We cry at funerals, saying goodbye at the airport, listening to other people’s problems or watching a touching movie.

It’s important that family and friends are supportive to sensitive people at these times, particularly sensitive children. They should never be discouraged from crying.

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7. We Think So Deeply

We can’t seem to just take things at face value. We ruminate over things as if each issue were a life or death situation.

In doing this we often build things up in our mind to be far more important than they are. This causes us unnecessary stress and can affect those around us if we involve them.

8. We Hurt So Badly

When someone does something to hurt us it really hurts so badly. It takes us a long time to recover from hurt.

Many of us will withdraw or close ourselves off emotionally for fear of getting hurt again.

While it may be difficult – being sensitive is manageable. Taking time out away from the noise and bright lights and avoiding high-risk situations, (anywhere people may be having negative emotions) will help you to protect yourself.

Featured photo credit: Blond Girl Thoughfully Watching A Sunrise/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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