Do you find yourself being extremely sensitive to all kinds of sensory stimuli, food, sounds, or anything that would typically be considered “normal” in your environment? Are you able to pick up on the subtleties in any situation, and find that you’re even able to sense danger before anyone else does? Well, if you’ve checked off on all of these things, then you’re highly likely to be someone who can be considered ultra-sensitive.
For someone who is ultra-sensitive, life can seem very overwhelming at times. You may feel as if you’re constantly deluged with stimuli, which can even cause you to feel stuck in your life’s purpose. To avoid feeling this way constantly, here are a few tips to help you manage any physical, emotional and environmental sensitivities.
Firstly, always remember that there’s no need to feel guilty for being different. Don’t let someone guilt-trip you into doing something you don’t want to do, such as going to a crowded bar for a night out when all you really want to do is to stay at home for a quiet night by yourself. Understandably, ultra-sensitive people need more time to themselves to stay calm and relaxed, such that they’re able to rebalance their nervous system. Because of this, you should endeavour to spend some time in your natural element, such as meditating in a cool, breezy spot, or sitting in a quiet place near a body of water.
There’s a saying which goes, “You can choose to see the glass half empty, or half full.” So, instead of viewing ultra-sensitivity as a curse, you should see it as a gift. Changing your perception of ultra-sensitivity may even lead you to a profession where your intuition and various sensitivities are valued, such that you’re able to fully capitalise on your creativity, wisdom and empathy. The world is likely to be a better place once you’ve put out what you’ve received.
Being ultra-sensitive isn’t all that bad either. Being emphatic with other individuals - especially your friends - is a trait that‘s becoming increasingly rare in today’s self-absorbed world. You also become a much better reader when it comes to people and situations, which it makes it much easier to trust your instincts when your “spidey sense” goes off.
However, if you ever feel like you’re struggling, then you’ll need to find the most appropraite way to receive support. As a hyper-sensitive person, you’re probably very aware of the smallest of changes and discomforts, which may be brushed off by general practitioners who don’t fully understand your condition of ultra-sensitivity. In these cases, you can try somatic therapies to help relieve any chronic pain, or start practising yoga, meditation or even qi gong to get to know your body on an even deeper and more intimate level.
Learning to survive and subsequently thrive as an ultra-sensitive person in today’s fast-paced and noisy world may be difficult, but the first step to finding balance is to trust your body’s wisdom. If you’re able to validate and even appreciate your gift of ultra-sensitivity, then you’ll be able to find your inner zen no matter the circumstance.