Being risk-averse is a common trait for highly sensitive people. It can be tough living in a world that constantly tells us we need to take risks and be bold to succeed. But, when it comes to relationships and other life decisions, is taking risks really the only way? Taking certain risks for people who are not HSPs may be the right thing to do, but this doesn’t mean it’s right for all of us.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
Many of us HSPs feel like we’re missing out on life because we’re not living up to these expectations. But, taking risks isn’t only about making bold moves in life. Sometimes, it’s about getting out of our comfort zone and exploring new things that we may otherwise be too scared to try. However, being risk-averse does have its benefits and it shouldn’t be seen as a negative trait.
It Can Keep Us HSPs From Getting Hurt
As HSPs, we enjoy knowing what comes next and feeling secure in our future. Taking risks can mean leaving everything up to chance and it can be a scary prospect. We’re so used to knowing what to expect, that when we try something new, it can be intimidating and lead to a lot of anxiety.
So, we tend to be more risk-averse, ensuring that we remain safe and secure in our lives. We feel the need to be extra cautious, even if it means missing out on opportunities because of it. Highly sensitive people are usually more attuned to potential dangers and can more easily spot when something could potentially go wrong.
For example, dating after divorce can be risky, especially if you don’t have a clear idea of what the other person is like. So, as HSP women, normally we would take it slow, and get to know the person better first before getting into a relationship. I mean, think of the risks! However, if we know that the person is trustworthy and understanding, then taking a risk in dating can be a positive thing.
Risk-Aversion Helps Us Avoid Burnout
As highly sensitive people, we are more susceptible to being overwhelmed by too much stimulation, which can lead to exhaustion and burnout. By being careful and intentional with the risks we take, we can better manage our energy and avoid becoming overwhelmed. However, at times, it can feel like we are missing out on opportunities because of our risk aversion.
For instance, learning something new can be scary for HSPs who are used to being successful with their natural abilities. But, by breaking out of our comfort zones and pushing ourselves, we can experience new things and develop skills that make our lives more fulfilling. I remember when I fell from a snowmobile and hurt my left arm. I had watched others do it on YouTube and felt like I could do it too, but I was wrong. However, I learned a valuable lesson and now, I’m more aware of my limits.
Being Risk-Averse Can Help Us Stay True to Our Values and Priorities.
When we’re not swayed by external pressures to take risks that don’t align with our values, we can focus on the things that are truly important to us. This can help us create a more meaningful and fulfilling life. But, it can still be difficult to resist the urge to take risks when we are faced with opportunities that seem too good to pass up.
Risk Aversion Doesn’t Mean We Miss Out On Opportunities
Risk-averse may come into play in our business, work, relationship, and travel decisions. Or even when we try to take up a new activity or hobby. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still have amazing experiences. We just need to be more mindful of the risks we take and the situations we put ourselves in.
Relationships with Risk-Averse HSPs
Relationships, for example, can be risky no matter how long you know the other person. People change and relationships go through different stages. HSPs like to have a level of understanding and security when it comes to dating, so they take more time getting to know someone before making a commitment. They also tend to be more selective about the people they allow into their inner circle. But by doing this, they can nurture more meaningful relationships with people who truly understand and appreciate their unique qualities.
However, taking the risk to date this person can be beneficial in the long run, especially if it leads to a relationship that is fulfilling and rewarding.
Work and Business Decisions for Risk-Averse HSPs
In the workplace, highly sensitive people can be more thoughtful in their decision-making. They might take more time to think through potential risks and outcomes before taking action. This can help them make decisions that align with their values and priorities rather than following orders that could lead to negative consequences.
It can also manifest in different ways for HSPs. It may mean sticking to a stable job that provides a sense of security and routine. Or, it could mean taking the risk to pursue an opportunity that will help them grow professionally and personally. However it manifests, risk-averse HSPs shouldn’t feel discouraged from taking risks.
Traveling with Risk-Averse HSPs
When it comes to travel, risk-averse HSPs can still take the risk to leave their safe environments and explore the world. But, they may take more precautions than other travelers when planning their trips. They could research different destinations and read reviews to make sure their destination is THE place for them. They can also ensure they have all the necessary documents and insurance before starting their journey.
This doesn’t mean they can’t have amazing experiences, it just means they take more time to ensure the experience is right for them. Which, we have all wished someone had done this for us at some point in our lives. You know I LOVE my introvert travel. I just adjust to make it make sense for me and my needs. So, don’t be embarrassed by prepping for your next adventure. It could be the best one yet!
Learning New Things
Learning something new can be intimidating, especially for HSPs who are used to being successful with their natural abilities. But taking the risk to step out of our comfort zone and challenge ourselves can be an incredibly rewarding experience. It’s completely normal to feel hesitant about stepping outside our comfort zone, but it’s important to remember that growth and learning can also be incredibly fulfilling. If you’re feeling unsure about trying something new, start small and take it one step at a time. Remember that there’s no rush, and you can go at your own pace.
See, HSPs DO take risks! We use our risk-averse behaviors to our advantage by being mindful and intentional in our decisions. Taking risks doesn’t mean going all-in, it can also look like taking the time to approach risks with more caution and deliberation than others might. By doing this, we can have more meaningful and fulfilling experiences. So whether it’s in a relationship, business venture, or your next adventure, don’t be afraid to take the risks that are right for you!
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About the Author
Enid DeJesus is an HSP coach who specializes in helping introverted and sensitive women. As a fellow HSP and introvert, Enid understands the challenges that come with being a risk-averse individual. She knows how hard it is to balance authenticity with societal pressures. That’s why Enid created a coaching program specifically designed for introverted women who want to live life on their terms. With Enid’s guidance, you can embrace your sensitive nature and live a life that truly resonates with you, no matter where you are in the world. If you’re interested to start the radical introvert coaching program, wherever you are in the world, let’s talk!