I would consider myself a very sensitive person. I am a deep thinker, and I often feel that any emotion I have is amplified and strong. There are definitely some good sides to being highly sensitive person. I think it has made me more self-aware and empathetic with others. It helps me understand other people and consider situations from their perspective. However, as you can imagine, being highly sensitive does have its cons. Here are a few examples:
Being Constantly Overwhelmed
When I’m introduced to a new task or a new environment, it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed and break down. I’ve gotten better with dealing with these situations, but even now I can feel a tiny part of me thinking “Oh no….”. For me, the best way to deal with this is not to think too much about it and just do it. Once I start my task or just assert myself into the environment, I tend to do fine.
Overthinking Social Interactions
Have you ever repeated a conversation in your head? Maybe even acted out? I definitely have. I always put my analytic skills to full power and spend way too much energy overanalyzing a conversation. Things like tone, body language, smiles, etc are some of the things I think about when thinking back to social interactions I’ve had throughout the day. Sometimes, if I get the slightest hint that someone doesn’t enjoy talking to me (even if it’s completely miniscule), my mind goes into a spiral. This leads to my overthinking status. If you want to hear a good rant about overthinking, I recommend checking out this post.
Other’s Treatment of You
I swear my parents treat me like a ticking time bomb. It’s as if they think I’m going to explode any minute. The moment someone raises their voice with me or tells me I did something wrong you can expect to see tears sting at myself. Then, I think to myself why am I like this. Why are my eyes becoming watery? What’s wrong with me? Thinking about this just makes me wanna cry even more. Before you know it, tears are streaming down my face, and I feel worse about the tears than the conflict or raised voice.
The last thing I want to talk about is criticism. I think my reaction to criticism is actively worse because of just how hard I work. I like putting in a lot of effort and hard work to make things perfect the first time around. Unfortunately, that makes so that if someone happens to point out a flaw in something I put a lot of work in, I kinda feel disappointed! Btw, please don’t take this as a sign I can’t handle criticism. . . I think criticism is very important for improvement.
I hope you enjoyed this post! I want to try shifting my blog more towards mental health and productivity. Let me know if you’re into that kind of thing! Thank you and have a great day!
Your sincere friend and confidante,