Do you often feel vulnerable to the external world? Do large crowds, excessive talking, strong smells, or people in general get under your skin? Or maybe you're just overwhelmed with the demands of daily life and don't know how to manage it all.
If any of this sounds like something you experience regularly, you may be a highly sensitive person.
According to Dr. Elaine Aron, highly sensitive people (HSPs) make up 20 percent of the world's total population, meaning one out of every five people possesses this trait. Similar to having freckles or brown eyes, being sensitive is something you're born with, not something you choose.
HSPs have finely tuned nervous systems, which means they feel things more strongly (positive and negative), get hurt easily, can often read and feel the energy of other people, and can sometimes anticipate when something will happen before it does. So how does an HSP manage all of this overwhelm?
Two words: self-care. Here are six ways HSPs can practice self-care regularly: