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?