Being highly sensitive means being misunderstood quite a lot.
Having a particularly sensitive nervous system means that you process everything – and I mean everything: thoughts, feelings, temperature, sensations, smells – more deeply.
Your experience of the world is different and your sensitivity can feel like an annoyance or burden to other people.
I know that my sensitivity has created many misunderstandings, especially with family members who insist that my sensitivity is just “all in my head”.
While not everyone who’s sensitive is the same, we do share many experiences – and it can be very stressful when the people we care about don’t “get” us.
This one is for you curling up on the couch with the cat and a book on a Saturday night.
For you pep-talking yourself in the supermarket car park to just go in and get it over with already.
For when you’re wondering why you’re the “only one” who wants to stay home this (and every other) weekend.
If you’re struggling to be like everybody else – I know exactly what you’re talking about because I did that too!
Here’s what I wish other people knew about me as an empath, introvert and highly sensitive person.
When you want to make people happy, you have a hard time saying no.
But learning when to say no is one of those life lessons you just gotta learn if you ever want to learn how to live with your sensitivity.
Saying no doesn’t mean refusing to socialise, tho. It’s more about learning what you can deal with and when you have the capacity to do so.
And learning to take care of yourself when you do know that there’s something you’ll want to participate in.
Being an easily overwhelmed type of person doesn’t mean locking yourself away in your house. It just means managing your energy so that you can be social and still feel happy about it.
Dr. Seuss said, “Be yourself because the people who mind don’t matter. And the people that matter don’t mind”.
With anxiety and depression rates in young people growing at the same rate as smartphone adoption, it’s more important than ever to raise strong, self-aware children who can not only survive meeting a bully, but thrive in a world full of them.
By extension, raising bully-proof kids, will also raise kids who don’t bully. Compassion and empathy is the only way we have back to each other, back to a place where we can connect with each other and be part of something greater than ourselves.
Compassion is not a virtue, it’s a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have – it’s something we choose to practice every day, every challenge.
The earlier we begin to foster compassion in our children, the easier it will be for them to choose compassion over antagonism.