Do you have a hard time dealing with noise and chaos? Perhaps you often feel overwhelmed by your environment? Do you need time alone to recharge after being social? If so, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person. HSP is a term used to describe people who are unusually sensitive to their surroundings. We have specific needs that must be considered in order for them to live happy and productive lives. To function at their best. Yes, I usually focus more specifically on sensitive, introverted women in my writing. But, I know that many of you either already identify as HSP, or are now considering this as a possible answer to questions about your personal identity. In this blog post, we will discuss what HSP is, and what it means to be highly sensitive.
Highly sensitive people are often misunderstood.
HSP can be used as a way of making someone feel like their feelings are invalid. “You’re too sensitive” is used as a weapon. Have you felt that before? You may be expected to just “toughen up” or further change who you are in order to fit into a harsh world. But, what does it actually mean to be HSP? More importantly, what does this mean for HSP people?
What is HSP?
It’s a question that many people ask, but don’t know where to find the answer. At least not in a way that honors and celebrates the HSP nature. Highly sensitive people are unique! And, we have specific needs that must be considered in order to truly thrive.
HSP: Highly Sensitive Person
A highly sensitive person is someone who is aware of and responds to subtleties in their environment. We are often easily overwhelmed by strong stimuli, such as loud noises or bright lights. HSPs are also deeply affected by the emotions of others. We are empathetic and compassionate people who have a great deal of empathy for others. Honestly, I consider this to be a superpower that we can harness to do incredible good for the world!
HSPs make up approximately 15-20% of the population. And while HSPs share some common traits, we are not all alike. As an HSP, we are each unique with our own set of needs and sensitivities. Basically, while there are some general traits that we may share, we cannot be put into a box with a clear way to “handle” our highly sensitive nature.
Some common traits of HSPs include:
- Easily overwhelmed by strong stimuli
- Highly sensitive to the emotions of others
- Deeply affected by the suffering of others
- Empathetic and compassionate
- A great deal of empathy for others
- A unique set of needs and sensitivities
If you think you may be an HSP, it’s important to understand your needs and how to take care of yourself. HSPs are susceptible to burnout if we don’t take care of ourselves. We all know about burnout, right? Burnout can manifest in many different ways, such as fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, and more. HSPs need to make sure we are getting enough rest, water, fresh air, eating nourishing foods, and taking time for ourselves. Highly sensitive people also need to find an environment that is supportive and understanding of our needs. Work, personal, etc. it’s important to be able to get your very real needs met.
If you think you may be an HSP, there are a few things you can do to help yourself. First, it’s important to educate yourself about HSP. There is a lot of great information about honoring your sensitive nature and how to take care of yourself. You can also find connections and communities for HSPs. Making connections with other highly sensitive, introverted women can provide valuable support and understanding. This is what I would love to help you create!
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As an HSP coach, I would love to help you figure out what this means and looks like for you. Let’s connect about what you might find helpful! You can learn more about my radical introvert coaching program with this free, Radical Introvert Audio Training “How to Find Peace in This Fast-Paced World”. When you’re ready to take action, I make it simple to book a free, 30-minute consultation call with me. I can’t wait to hear from you!