Tips on Being a Highly-Sensitive Person

Tips on Being a Highly-Sensitive Person

Tips on Being a Highly-Sensitive Person

Highly-sensitive people (HSPs) make up about 15-20% of the population. They are people who are more sensitive than most to physical, emotional, and social stimuli. Often misunderstood, HSPs can feel overwhelmed by the world around them. But sensitivity can also be a strength. Being sensitive can help you be more attuned to the emotions of others, more empathetic, and more creative. Below are some tips on how to thrive as a highly-sensitive person, and turn your sensitivity into a superpower.

Learn to manage your emotions.

The emotions of an HSP can often be more intense and longer-lasting than those of other people. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a toolkit of coping mechanisms to manage emotions. This might include mindfulness, meditation, or yoga. Another key strategy is journaling, which can help you articulate your feelings and understand them better.

Set boundaries.

As a highly-sensitive person, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the needs of others. It’s important to set boundaries that allow you to prioritize self-care. Make time for rest and activities that recharge you, and learn to say “no” when necessary.

Practice self-compassion.

Many HSPs also struggle with perfectionism and self-criticism, which can be particularly damaging to mental health. Practice self-compassion by treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would a friend. Take time to enjoy your strengths, and be gentle with yourself when things don’t turn out perfectly.

Find a supportive community.

It can be hard to feel seen and understood as an HSP, especially if you’re struggling with a mental health issue. It’s worth seeking out a supportive community where you can connect with others who share your experiences. You might join an online forum, attend a support group, or connect with a mental health professional who specializes in working with HSPs.

Remember that sensitivity is a strength.

Finally, it’s important to remember that sensitivity can be a superpower. Your sensitivity allows you to appreciate the beauty in the world around you, and to connect more deeply with people and experiences. When you embrace your sensitivity as a strength, you can tap into your creativity, empathy, and intuition.


Being a highly-sensitive person can come with its challenges, but it’s important to remember that sensitivity is also a strength. By learning to manage your emotions, set boundaries, practice self-compassion, find a supportive community, and embrace your sensitivity as a superpower, you can thrive as an HSP. If you feel overwhelmed and struggle to navigate the struggles of overwhelming emotions, consider seeking a mental health therapist. Orlando Thrive Therapy offers mental health therapy in Winter Park, FL and we are happy to help support you on your journey to managing your emotions and finding your checkpoints while using your sensitivity as an important component of your identity.

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Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.