How to Stop Being Hyper Sensitive: Gentle Reminders

Before we get into how to stop being hyper sensitive, let’s start with a reminder. You don’t need to feel ashamed.

Some people are just more sensitive than others, and that’s okay! Everyone needs to be sensitive in some way, shape, or form. However, if you find yourself overreacting, being easily offended, or crying at the drop of a hat, you may consider making some adjustments.

So what is hypersensitivity? It can be used to describe someone who is overly emotional with a tendency to take things the wrong way. Being sensitive can be beneficial in some ways, but too much sensitivity can also be detrimental to your overall well-being.

Here are some tips on how you can stop being hyper-sensitive.

Your Mood Matters

For highly sensitive people, moods can shift as quickly and often as the wind. However, when you find yourself consistently gravitating towards a negative mindset, it may be time to do some self-reflection.

It starts with honesty. How do you feel about yourself in general? What are you feeling right now? One of the most important steps in learning about your emotions involves expressing ALL of them, even the “icky” ones.

You may think what you’re feeling is silly or childish, but it’s still worth exploring. Sometimes what we feel doesn’t always match with reality, and that’s okay! But we can never learn that if we’re too ashamed to express ourselves and learn from our mistakes.

Prioritize Your Health

Speaking of mood, your overall health plays a large role in how you feel. Without good health, it’s nearly impossible to be happy in life.

When you don’t take care of your mental and physical well-being, your emotions tend to suffer. If you feel overwhelmed or tired all the time, you won’t have the energy needed to handle various situations, which may result in a negative reaction.

Everyone’s health needs are different. Generally, prioritizing your health involves:

  • Making sure you get enough sleep
  • Eating healthy balanced meals
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting your time in front of a screen
  • Getting social support from friends/family whenever necessary

Surround Yourself With Quality People

Highly sensitive people tend to connect with others easily. However, you need to make sure those people are high-quality.

What makes a person high-quality as opposed to toxic? Well, the best way to spot the difference is by how they make you feel. Do they encourage or discourage your emotional growth? Are they easy-going and understanding towards your sensitivities, or do they tend towards being dismissive? Can you feel free to express your feelings without feeling judged?

If you feel like the people around you are holding you back, it might be time for a change. There’s no shame in going against the crowd and making new friendships with more supportive individuals.

Recognize Control is an Illusion

If you tend to sweat the small stuff, remember this: You are not in control.

That sounds pretty New Age and trippy but stay with me. When you get in your car to start your engine, why does it start? Does it start because you MADE it start? Or does it start because every mechanical part of your vehicle aligned just right to make it possible?

What I’m getting at is there’s no point in getting upset about things that are out of our control. Because, technically, EVERYTHING is out of our control.

You may have just taken your car to get inspected and been told it’s fine. The next day? It completely falls apart. You can’t prepare for every possible bad scenario, so there’s no use stressing about what’s out of your control.

It Starts With a Sense of Self

I struggle with a low self-image and need reminders from time to time. I wrote a book, Life After Low Self-Esteem, where I discuss why it’s possible to overcome low self-esteem. Check it out, and let me know what you think!