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