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.
Empaths are emotional sponges who absorb both the stress and the joy from the world around them.
To really thrive as an empath (not just survive), I think it’s critical to learn how to not take on the energy, stress and moods of other people.
To an empath, the world can often seem coarse, heartless and disdainful of sensitivity. I know I’ve been told time and again that I need to be less sensitive if I want to succeed in life.
But I say that there is nothing wrong with being sensitive. Being sensitive to the world around you isn’t a weakness that needs to be stamped out.
I think empathy is the very thing about you that is most right in the world. Rather than “growing thicker skin”, I believe it’s more important for you to learn skills to help you cope with a highly sensitive nervous system.
When you learn to understand your specific needs as an empath, you’ll be able to truly connect with yourself (and others), be your authentic self and shine as an empath.
For the longest time I thought I was a dog person, just because I grew up around dog people.
But I always felt emotionally drained by dogs, constantly paying attention to me, always wanting me to go do something and never letting me make a trip to the fridge by myself.
Then, I discovered cats with their aloof ways and nonchalant manner, and I just bailed on dogs, like a rat getting off the Titanic.
Plus, when I complain about what a little sh*t my cat is being everyone agrees! Cat people totally know what I’m talking about and dog people think cats are little sh*ts anyway.
I totally get cats, they like to chill out and do their own thing and I can so relate to that.
All I need is a full tabletop of stuff to swipe to the floor and I’ll practically be a cat!
Also known as “Why I Can’t Hold Down a Regular-Folk Full-Time Job”.