It’s summertime! Which often means tons of fun activities. Maybe you are traveling a lot this summer. Facing the challenge that is going to amusement or theme parks. Spending time with friends or jumping back into the dating pool after divorce. Or, maybe you spent the summer camping, soaking up the sun (safely), or taking some time for self-care. One constant activity that we hear about during the summer is attending concerts.
As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) woman, attending concerts can be a challenge. The bright lights and loud noises can be overwhelming and cause a lot of anxiety for you. Or, you might find yourself getting lost in the crowd when all you wanted was a breath of fresh air. But, don’t worry! There are ways to overcome these struggles and enjoy the show!
In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for attending concerts as an HSP woman.
Concerts can be a lot of fun, but they can also be overwhelming!
Your favorite band or singer is in town and you want to go, but the thought of dealing with the crowds, noise, and lights is just too much. Or maybe you’ve been to a concert before and it was not the party you were hoping for. You felt overwhelmed, and anxious and ended up leaving early.
Attending concerts as an HSP woman can be a challenge. It’s completely different from watching a movie or TV show, where you can control the environment. At a concert, there are so many things happening at once. Literally! The music, the crowd, the lights – and it can be overwhelming. However, there are tips you can follow to make the experience more enjoyable:
Buy Tickets Wisely
This may seem silly. I get it. But, hear me out. When you are buying your concert tickets, take a look at the seating chart. See where the exits are located. If you know that you may want to walk around during the concert, try to get tickets that are closer to an exit. This will make it easier for you to leave and come back if you need to.
Do you know what’s even better? Getting tickets in the VIP section. This way, you will sometimes have access to a private lounge and bathroom. But, if you’re not feeling like spending the extra cash, venues have seats versus standing tickets. If you’re not wanting to be surrounded by people or potentially have people invade your space (no thanks!) I would recommend getting a seat. Yes, it may be more expensive. But, it will be worth it when you’re not feeling overwhelmed by the crowd.
Get There Early
We have always heard the phrase “to be fashionably late.” But when it comes to concerts, it’s best to arrive early. This will allow you to find the best seating choice for you if seats are first come first serve. Maybe you’re someone who loves being front and center. So, being near the stage where you will be able to see and hear better will be the best choice. Or, maybe you’re someone who prefers to be in the back, where it’s not as crowded and you can make a quick exit if needed. Which, we have all been there!
Getting there early also allows you to avoid the rush of the crowd. You can take your time walking to your seat and enjoy the atmosphere. It also allows you to get a feel for the venue and adjust to your surroundings.
We all want to look our best when we go out. But, comfort should be your number one priority when attending a concert. You will be standing or sitting for hours. So, rethink those heels or jeans that are too tight. Instead, choose those cute shoes that you can walk in and clothes that won’t make you too hot. Because let’s face it. Concert venues can get pretty warm, especially if you’re close to the stage.
Comfort is key, my dear!
One other thing to consider is what you will be carrying with you. Some venues have a no-bag policy, but no matter what, smaller is better. You don’t want to be lugging around a big purse or backpack all night. A small cross-body bag or fanny pack will do! This way you are not stressed out by trying to keep up with your belongings and can enjoy the concert.
Bring Earplugs or Noise-Cancelling Headphones
THIS IS A MUST! Bringing earplugs or noise-canceling headphones can help you with protecting your hearing. It will also allow you to control the sound level. If it gets to be too much, you can always take them out or turn them down. But, having them there is better than wishing you had them.
There are so many different types and styles! So, do some research before the concert to find what will work best for you. If you have time before the concert, try them out! That way you know what to expect and can be prepared.
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I hope these tips serve you well at your next concert! What other tips and tricks do you have? Please share them in the comments, or reach out to talk with me more about this privately! As an HSP and introvert coach, I would love to help you figure out individualized strategies to more fully live life as a radical introvert. Let’s connect! 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!
About the Author
Enid DeJesus is a highly sensitive, introvert coach located in Florida. She spends her time coaching and empowering sensitive, introverted women through this chaotic world. Her Radical Introvert Coaching program is to help HSP women like you. Someone who wants to stop hiding their shine but also honor their introversion and sensitivity. She believes it’s time to ditch the norm and fulfill your needs as an empowered, sensitive, introverted woman.
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