8 tips to turn your hypersensitivity into a strength
1. Get to know yourself
Turning to yourself isn’t easy. There are things buried within us that we may be afraid to discover. Nevertheless, I realized it was necessary to be able to accept and understand myself. By getting to know ourselves, we learn to decipher the reasons for strong emotions more easily. Listening to yourself is the best way to turn your hypersensitivity into strength because the more we understand ourselves, the more we can adapt to our sensitivity.
2. Develop your self-confidence
In general, those who have detected their hypersensitivity lack self-confidence. Yet, it’s the confidence we have that will help us turn our sensitivity into something powerful. I think there’s nothing more beautiful than feeling completely alive because of my emotions, don’t you? So, we might as well work on accepting ourselves to be at peace with this part of our personality. Gaining confidence is showing your differences with pride!
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3. Assert your emotions
When I was little, I used to think that adults couldn’t cry. I quickly realized I was wrong! I don’t think I’ve ever cried as much since I started working. As an adult, you have to normalize crying to others. Letting out your emotions is perfectly healthy. You can afford to do it around your close ones. However, if you’re afraid of doing it in front of people you don’t know or those who aren’t very empathetic, it’s best to walk away to fully experience the emotion-related crisis.
❤️ We learn to assert ourselves and say it’s “ok” to others to be hypersensitive. Too bad if they don’t like it! Being emotional isn’t a shortcoming!
Mindfulness meditation is a real support when you’re hypersensitive. Our emotions are directly connected to our thoughts. Yet, when we meditate, we do the exercise of detaching ourselves from our thoughts. Personally, meditating made me take a step back. I learned to observe the flow of emotions from afar without being overwhelmed by them. This relaxation technique also helps release the anxiety and tension in our bodies. That’s why it’s interesting to do it when you’re hypersensitive! Our bodies sometimes experience the sensations provoked by the mind with difficulty, but meditation calms it.
5. Channel your emotions through creativity
This has been the best remedy for my hypersensitivity. Finding an activity that allows me to live more in harmony with my emotions. Creating enables you to concentrate and take a step back from violent emotions such as anger or sadness. It’s up to you to choose the area of creativity that you like the best. Personally, I’ve managed to express my sensitivity through photography. For others, it’s watercolor painting, creating video games, writing, origami, etc. You have to find your own way to express yourself artistically to turn your sensitivity into a strength or even a piece of work!
6. Try sophrology
It’s a personal development technique that’s a cross between yoga and meditation. But what does sophrology cure? I’ve discovered that it links the body and the mind. The sophrologist will make you do visualization exercises to achieve this goal. Caycedian sophrology can therefore enable you to better understand what’s happening to you. Indeed, the fact that we constantly feel things disconnects us from our body envelope.
➜ Listening to your body and the signs it sends you is necessary to better understand yourself.
7. Do sport
Entirely related to the previous two points, our body is the one we forget as a hypersensitive person. I realized that when I did sport, I had a calmer relationship with my feelings. In fact, it’s no secret: doing sport is a good way to release toxins and regulate yourself. The endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine released by physical expenditure helps calm emotions. This is one of the keys to being able to control them better. This feeling of well-being calms us in the short-term just after the session as well as in the long-term.
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8. Take a break
When you’re hypersensitive, you get exhausted from your strong emotions. You therefore need more rest, and it’s not something to be neglected. Getting a good night’s sleep of at least 8 hours allows you to have a restful sleep that recharges your batteries. On the whole, I try to have a healthy lifestyle. I avoid all stimulating products such as coffee or alcohol in particular. I realized they encouraged a nervous state that become uncontrollable with my emotions.
How can you be happy when you’re hypersensitive?
Happiness isn’t dependent on your hypersensitivity. However, how you experience it influences the way you’re happy. That’s why it’s important to turn your sensitivity into strength, starting with telling yourself that it’s in no way a shortcoming. Showing your emotions isn’t a weakness, quite the opposite! Many artists, creators, directors, etc. are hypersensitive. That’s what enables them to make us dream through their art.
It’s sometimes difficult to change the way we see things on our own. That’s why you shouldn’t hesitate to seek the help of a health professional. Hypersensitivity isn’t an illness, it’s a character trait. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t see a psychologist to better understand how you work.
➜ “Know yourself,” said Socrates. The key to turn your hypersensitivity into a strength is to understand your emotions and to listen to yourself.
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What are the main causes of hypersensitivity?
But how can we explain the appearance of this hypersensitivity? Is it innate or due to genetics? A genetic track has been studied for about ten years. A study says that there is a gene for the use of serotonin, which would have a different branch for highly sensitive people, and which could predispose to more depression, anxiety, and even more suicidal tendencies. This same study qualifies this genetic disposition by insisting on the influence of the environment. Thus, if the child who has this genetic type grows up in a calm, encouraging environment, it will not develop this tendency to anxiety. It is especially in very stressful environments, such as families of misery, violence, with alcoholism, that the child will develop this tendency while growing up. The environment in which the child will grow up and the education of the parents will therefore play a significant role in the appearance or not of hypersensitivity. Finally, things are sometimes played out even earlier. Everything that is perinatal will play a very important role.
Editor’s note: A path that can be long
Becoming aware of your hypersensitivity is the first step. Accepting it, living with it and making it a strength can sometimes take time – a lot of time. If you struggle to live with this hypersensitivity on a daily basis, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a psychotherapist to find answers and solutions together.
🤗 Understand yourself, accept yourself, be happy... Let’s do it here and now!
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Thank you so much for the Hypersensitivity article. I’m 55 and I’m determined to conquer my self doubt and bottled up frustration and sometimes rage within me.