Realize And Accept Inherent Sensitivities

Some of us are just highly sensitive. It doesn’t really the situation or circumstances, we are about to run full steam ahead on an emotional rollercoaster. Learning to accept this in your own world is the first step in reorganizing emotional boundaries and limitations.

Stop negative self talk

Some of us are just highly sensitive. It doesn’t really the situation or circumstances, we are about to run full steam ahead on an emotional rollercoaster. Learning to accept this in your own world is the first step in reorganizing emotional boundaries and limitations.

It doesn’t mean you are giving yourself permission to act without thought or intention when dealing with times of high sensitivity. It merely means you know this about yourself, and only then can you begin to work it.

Identify Your Triggers

“Triggers” is the buzzword of all buzzwords when dealing with circumstances related to mental health. And being overly emotional certainly fits into that category. If you don’t know what has the potential to sent you flying off into an emotional tizzy, how in the world can you expect to manage it?

It’s pretty much impossible. Get familiar with the ideas, concepts, circumstances, situations and people who may trigger an overly sensitive response. Write them down if you have to, but remember them so that when the time comes, you’ll be ready to arm yourself with effective tools for diminishing the upcoming downward spiral.

Baby Steps

You aren’t going to effectively manage every single emotionally charged episode right off the bat. Give yourself time to adjust to this new way of thinking and reacting. Take one set of triggers at a time and try to apply new approaches for dealing with them, one by one.

If you bite off more than you can chew, you’re more likely to become anxious about failure (overly sensitive), which really is the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish here.

Feel Your Feelings

Controlling overreactions isn’t about numbing feelings. It’s perfectly healthy to feel your feelings. Emotions are normal and natural. It’s what we do with them that really matters. When you feel you are being overly sensitive, don’t try to block the feeling.

Instead, sit still with your emotion and process it. Don’t make rash decisions or allow for irrational responses. Sometimes when you give yourself time to analyze the reason for increased sensitivity, we are able to work through it without much effort.

Explore Other Outlets

If processing alone doesn’t curb an overly sensitive reaction, explore other outlets. Journaling is a great way to get things out in the open, in black and white, and purge the emotional overcharge.

Oftentimes when we look back at the journal entry, the issue seems so small we wonder why we were upset in the first place. There are all sorts of outlets for emotional overload situations.

Physical activity, like working it out at the gym or doing meditation works for a lot of people and for others doing something crafty or time with a hobby gets better results.

Again, there is no blanket answer for everyone and it’s best to attempt this process by taking is slowly and rationally. Being overly sensitive isn’t going to disappear immediately but you can definitely diminish the consequences by altering behaviors.

This isn’t about changing you. This is about learning to love you and being the best version of you possible!

Signs That You May be Overly Sensitive

Are you overly sensitive?

Being a sensitive person isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are many instances in life which require us to be more in-tune to the feelings of others, a bit more sensitive and less calloused.

Having a nice balance between sensitivity and rationality is healthy. When our sensitive side is untamed and out of control it has the potential to do more harm than good.

Sensitivity gets its origin in both a genetic and environmental aspect. Some of us are genetically wired to be overly sensitive. When you couple that with coping mechanisms developed in early childhood, it could be a recipe for disaster if left untouched.

Are You Overly Sensitive?

It’s quite easy for someone on the outside to point out someone who might be overly sensitive, however, it’s much harder to recognize it in yourself. This is who you are! This is normal for you. Taking a personal inventory is often helpful, and necessary, as long as your answers are genuine.

To help you get started, take a look at the signs below in each of the three main areas of the overly sensitive: sensitivity of self, sensitivity about others and environmental sensitivity.

You might be overly sensitive of self if you:

” Often beat yourself up when you don’t meet your own expectations,
” Are terrified of rejection in any form,
” Get frequent physical symptoms like headaches, muscle tension and pain, upset stomach, etc.,
” Can’t quit processing negative thoughts and emotions,
” Form unhealthy eating and sleeping habits depending on what’s happening in your life,
” Get angry or highly annoyed with situations in your life you feel are unjust or unmerited.
You might be overly sensitive about others if you:
” Worry about what others think,
” Take things on a personal level even when clearly unintended,
” Feel others are often judgmental of you and your decisions,
” Often feel surrounded by “drama” and complain about it regularly,
” Inability to just “let it go” when faced with even small amounts of turbulence,
” Get offended and even angry with people providing constructive criticism.
You might be overly environmentally sensitive if you:
” Shy away from bright lights, loud noises and over-powering smells,
” Get irritated at other’s posts on social media sites,
” Are startled easily,
” Feel extreme anxiety when confronted with violence or fear-invoking situations, even on TV,
” Don’t feel comfortable in large groups,
” Get anxious or irritated when too many things are going on simultaneously.

If these signs and symptoms sound like what you’re dealing with, you are probably overly sensitive. Again, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. And it’s not the end of the world, though it may seem that way sometimes.

Dealing with Being Overly Sensitive

Because being over sensitive is both, genetic and conditioning, we can’t really just “stop” it. However, we can learn to minimize the effects by dealing with our emotions on a different level.

There isn’t one foolproof way that works for every single person, but if you give it some time and find the right combination of things, you are sure to find a much happier balance in your emotions and levels of sensitivity.