Being a Highly Sensitive Person

Recently I learned about the term Highly Sensitive Person or HSP. I have always been a sensitive person but I didn’t know there was some sort of acronym to describe it.

A highly sensitive person is someone who “experiences acute physical, mental, or emotional responses to stimuli.” In my experience, it is responding more intensely to things than the average human.

I have always been highly sensitive about absolutely everything. If I was uncomfortable as a kid, I would often cry because of how upset and uncomfortable I felt. I have always been really effected by sadness, fear and pain.

If I was nervous about something I would (and still do) get stomach aches. If I was really stressed about something, I would get actually sick until the scary thing was over.

Today I am still very sensitive about most things. I think having anxiety and depression amplifies my sensitivity, they all feed off each other.

For most of my life I didn’t understand why I felt emotions so deeply. Why did I cry all the time when others didn’t? Why did I feel so hurt by negative comments?

As an adult I have been able to handle my sensitivity much better since I understand myself more. When I’m feeling very sensitive I make sure to take extra good care of myself. I let myself work at my own pace, enjoy my favorite foods, listen to music that makes me smile and not be so hard on myself.

Would you classify yourself as a highly sensitive person? If so, how do you cope with it?

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33 Replies to “Being a Highly Sensitive Person”

  1. I have been called an extremely sensitive person and I do think that my anxiety and depression amplifies how I react to situations ๐Ÿ™ I will have to do some research on this! <3 thanks for sharing!

    1. I have definitely been called that too. It’s hard to control your emotions being a sensitive person with mental illness. My therapist and I have this conversation often because it’s so difficult for me to keep a level head when things go awry.
      I hope you find what you’re looking for, Rachael! Thank you for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I sometimes confuse between whether I’m having mental breakdowns or I need professional help… that’s what keeps my mind most active..

      2. Well I think if you’re having frequent mental breakdowns it might be time to seek some professional guidance. If it’s available to you, it might be good to take advantage of it.

      3. Yeah..I will think about it definitely soon.. I also keep in touch with one of my country’s mental health helpline when I feel bad..

      4. Same here….at times I think that I really need to see a psychiatrist

  2. I can identify with this. I too am highly sensitive. Thank you for sharing this post with us. Sometimes it’s helpful to know there are others in the same boat.

    1. I agree which is why I love this blog! It’s nice to know that there is a very large boat that we are all in. Thank you for your comment, Kristian!

  3. Hey, this subject touches me too.
    I wrote a blog a few months back if u want to have. Wee read.
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    Thank you for your perspective and sharing โ˜บ๏ธ

    1. I bet that does take your sensitivity to the next level, Maranda. I hope you’re coping well with it! Thank you for commenting!

  4. Yes!! This is one of the things I discovered about myself maybe two years ago? I think? I have a few posts about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    It can be both a blessing and a curse- though at first I only saw the curse aspect. Best of luck, Megan! xo

      1. It took me a little time to get there, but just remind yourself that it makes you an EXCELLENT friend, it makes you kind and caring above most “average” people. Empathy can be an amazing thing, but there’s a little learning curve as their is with most things.

      2. True there is definitely a learning curve for myself as well as the people around me. That is the plus though, being empathetic. I always enjoy hearing from you, Autumn ๐Ÿ™‚

      3. I always enjoy reading your writing!! Seems like we have quite a few things in common ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep your chin up, always!!

  5. Iโ€™m definitely sensitive! Easily upset and loathe being given a fright, a bit over-excitable, etc etc. Basically every feeling that I have appears to be more exaggerated than for โ€˜normalโ€ people. But that is my normal. Great post! Katie

    1. Yes I am the same with the positive side too! I have no idea what it’s like to have a normal range of emotions haha. Thank you, Katie!! I always appreciate your words ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. Hi Megan, thank you so much for sharing this. I am a highly sensitive person and I’d say that being older has helped me cope with my sensitivity. Whenever I write exams or test, i write in an isolated venue because of my sensitivity. I try to work alone whenever I can. I dress comfortably and eat as healthy as I possibly can. I used to struggle with getting my hair done when I was younger but things got better with time. <3

    1. I’m glad you’ve grown to understand yourself also. Yes, working alone in the quiet is my favorite as well. Thank you for your comment, Francesca!

  7. I am not a sensitive person. So sorry can’t help you in that regard. But would surely like to say that Your words describe your emotions aptly. Well written.

    1. It definitely is a curse and a blessing. Feeling the negative feelings so intensely is very overwhelming. Thank you for commenting!

  8. Hey, first of all I relate to this a lot.
    Iโ€™m a very sensitive person.
    Great post!!
    Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ’›.

    1. I’m so glad that you can relate! It makes me feel less alone when I know other people know what it’s like. Thanks for commenting, Kootsss!

  9. Oh….so i could have this HSP?

    But why does my body pain so bad everytime i suffer verbal abuse or ofinancial abuse NOT physical abuse. It feels like i have taken a beating, my ribs are so sore that i cant breathe…
    This is part of having this HSP?

    Thank you…..i am asking more questions….

  10. I always ask myself “why the hell do I have feel everything?” Or
    “Who am I to feel the pain of every person out there?”
    But then,I realized that it was both my strength and weakness

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