Around 20% of the population comes into this world as very sensitive people. These traits can continue through a lifetime. There are surprising benefits and some drawbacks.

Some common traits include:

  • They become overwhelmed when they have a lot to do
  • They find noisy environments chaotic.
  • They get “hungry.” (Angry and frustrated).
  • They choke under observation.
  • They are deeply moved by the arts.
  • They recognize other people’s discomfort.
  • The retreat when things become too overwhelming.
  • They become uncomfortable when there are loud noises.
  • They avoid violent media.

If these sound familiar, consider an online checklist:

Are You Highly Sensitive? Test

(Elaine Aron: The highly sensitive person: How to thrive when the world overwhelms you.) Dr Aron’s book is a wonderful resource for those who are interested.

Some suggestions: 

  1. Get enough sleep.
  2. Eat healthy foods regularly throughout the day.
  3. Wear noise-reducing headphones.
  4. Plan for decompression time.
  5. Have at least one quiet room or space to retreat to in your home.
  6. Give yourself time and space to get things done.
  7. Limit caffeine.
  8. Keep the lights down low.
  9. Get things done in off-hours.
  10. Surround yourself with beauty and nature.

Excerpted from:

Susan Biali Haas M.D.

Prescriptions for Life

Psychology Today

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