What Would You Tell Your Younger Sensitive Self?
I was inspired by reading your answers to my Facebook post where I asked, “What would you tell your younger sensitive self?” I was thinking about how great it would be as a younger, sensitive person to have heard these words HSPs expressed so beautifully. I know for myself I had major self-esteem issues when I was younger, feeling different than most people around me and incredibly challenged by feeling so sensitive and emotional. I didn’t know about the gifts of being a highly sensitive person yet. It makes sense that research is showing us that highly sensitive children given the right types of support excel in life and those without tend to suffer from extra challenges. If you have a sensitive child, consider sharing some of these words with them. Or even take them in for a moment for yourself. I invite you to read some very special answers posted by HSPs to the question:
What would you tell your younger sensitive self?
You are worthy just the way you are! There is nothing wrong with you. Just wait, you will see how much this gift serves you and others.
Your sensitivity is going to be your biggest asset in life. From relationships to career you will be proud of your sensitivity.
Soooooooo much. Chill. You're okay like you are. You don't have to figure out your life today.
You’re doing a good job honey. I appreciate all that you do.
Yes, my darling. You do know what you know.
There's nothing wrong with you. Your body reacts differently than most people's. You're okay. You do you.
Your sensitivity is a rare, amazing gift. It was purposefully placed within your being. You were created a highly sensitive person to have a deeper understanding of people and compassion and empathy. Your gift will help many people in your life when you embrace and use it.
I would tell myself what it means to be an HSP, so I could understand why I felt everything so deeply and why I experienced the world differently than others around me.
This question really touched me. Similar sentiments as others, I would say you're ok just as you are and explain HSP so that I understand and know why I feel so different (and it being innate, a strength and not a weakness).
You are loved, precious, and valued...Believe in yourself. Your sensitivity is a gift to the world!
Embrace your individuality. Its ok to be different.
YOU ARE ENOUGH!
Take time to learn about yourself, your talents, opinions, and attitudes. Invest in building skills to contribute but also understand that it is ok to say NO! Not everyone will like you or agree with you! That is ok! Speak the truth, be brave, bold and be yourself!
You are beautiful, you are worthy and you are valuable. How people behave with you is about them, not you.
Your sensitivity is a gift, not a weakness. It helps you be compassionate and soft hearted towards others, which in turn helps them feel safe.
It’s going to be ok.
Being an HSP is going to propel you both professionally and personally. it is a skill and a gift, not a weakness or a shame.
HSP is a thing, you’re one, and it’s not a weakness — it’s your superpower.
Believe in yourself
Sell yourself as an HSP when you apply for a job, tell your new boss what they will be getting as a bonus when they hire you. HSPs, you are special and the world should know.
Your superpower is sensitivity. Some will accept this and some will not. You will find your tribe. This gift will drive you to start your own business and bring out others like you. All will turn out just fine.
You have a gift of creativity, of care, of empathy, being able to see and overview and combine possibilities, explore all those things of what makes you feel different and put them to use.
Trust your gut.
That gift you have is a blessing and you don't have to hide it. Don't second guess your instinct's.
Your sensitivity is what makes you special. It's a gift. You are LOVE. Don't ever let anyone tell you different.
Guard your emotional energy. It is gold.
You will make it, you will find answers, you will make hard decisions & everything will be ok.
Be yourself and love your inner sense.
Give yourself the hugs you never got from your family. Take care of yourself too, not just everyone else. You deserve it too.
You will grow to be what you want to be.
The way people feel (or you perceive them feeling) is not your “fault.” Understand that there are stories behind the facial expressions and body language - stories that have nothing to do with you. Learn to be compassionate to the stories as you “see” them, whether you ever hear them or not.
It'll be okay.
I know I felt good reading these. Did you? Let’s share these words with other HSPs and also with highly sensitive children to support them to recognize that their sensitivities are special.
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~Julie Bjelland is a psychotherapist, global HSP consultant, and leader in the field of high sensitivity and has helped thousands of highly sensitive people around the world. As an HSP herself, Julie understands what it is like to live with high sensitivity and strong emotions. Julie teaches an online course for HSPs and is the author of several books. www.juliebjelland.com.