Being a highly sensitive person can sometimes seem like a burden. You feel what others are feeling, you can become overwhelmed in certain situations, and you probably also have an overload of stress and anxiety in your life.
However, being a highly sensitive person does not have to be a burden. Given time, practice, and patience, you can work to channel what you consider burdens into tools that will help you to achieve your goals.
Set and Reach Your Goals
First, many people who identify as highly sensitive also identify as having high standards and a low tolerance for boredom. You may think this means that you are picky and constantly looking for a new interest, yet it may also mean that you set your sights high and are not willing to settle.
This trait, coupled with your need for pacing yourself, another HSP quality, will allow you set goals and implement a plan to reach your destination.
Imagine It, Create It
Second, many HSPs also have profound imagination and creativity. Maybe you have previously seen this as your way to escape from the stressors of everyday life. What you really have is the ability to look at situations in a new light and think beyond what is in front of you.
Channel Your Energy Into Motivation
Third, studies have shown that the highest indicator of success is not intelligence, but motivation. HSPs spend their days taking in the emotions and energy of those around them. Sometimes these can be overwhelming, stressful, and disheartening. They do not have to be, though.
As an HSP you can find ways to turn the energy you take in into your own motivation, a drive to reach your own goals. This is probably the most difficult skill to hone. However, it can be the one that pays the most dividends.
Take Advantage of Your Sensitivity Superpower
Here we are. You have ideas, a dislike of boredom, imagination, creativity, and motivation. What do you do with these traits? You can do anything.
As a highly sensitive person, you have multiple tools and skills that many people lack. You can find a creative outlet for the emotions and energy within you. Using your motivation and high standards, you could create something wonderful.
Or, you could use your disdain for boredom and the ability to problem-solve with your imagination into a solution for a problem plaguing our world. You have limitless opportunities before you.
HSPs should not see their sensitivity as a hardship or a burden. Instead, when these strains are flipped into a positive light, they illuminate the skills, abilities, and talents that many wish they had.