Many highly sensitive people tell me that they are always told not to be so sensitive. This constant reminder makes them thin they have to do something about it. Well, you CAN do something, but you can’t mot be sensitive. So you have to protect yourself.
Other sensitivities are more acceptable out there. Like skin sensitivity. If you have sensitive skin, no one will tell you to lie on the beach under a hole in the ozone layer for hours without protection. That will not make your skin less sensitive. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sun, but everybody accepts that you have to protect yourself with clothing and sun protection factor very high.
Anyone will agree that if you are allergic to certain foods – stay away from it! Don’t eat it! Unless it’s really worth it and you take other precautions to avoid getting ill.
If you are highly sensitive, you need to protect yourself from constant pressure. Otherwise you will only become more sensitive, react more strongly. Makes sense, doesn’t it? This does not mean avoiding all sorts of challenges, it does not mean over protecting yourself. It means that you have to be confident enough about your own needs and limits, accept your feelings and your right to them. It means that you must find out how to recuperate from stressful situations.
It’s like the air hosts say when going through the security announcements: “…If you are traveling with children, or are seated next to someone who needs assistance, place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance.” – If you don’t help yourself first, you won’t be in shape to help others either.