Tools for Creative, Highly Sensitive People
Today I want to stress the importance of two simple, but difficult to execute, concepts for highly sensitive people. There are many important things to get to know about yourself when it comes to caring for and nurturing your sensitivity- not the least of which is that it is an asset to you not a problem-but when it comes to long term results, two of the most important are repetition and persistence.
Who are Highly Sensitive People?
Highly sensitive people have recently popped into psychology as “HSP’s” and started to become recognized as a subset of the population with an expanded sensory capacity. Essentially, this means that along the abilities of your five senses, you are exceptionally open to input. Some HSP’s are more sensitive along a specific sense, many are more sensitive along all of them. Oftentimes, when we talk about HSP’s, what we also mean is an expanded emotional capacity. This means your emotions are in touch to what is happening around you, and respond to that in great volume. You may have been called an empath, for example. You may know things about yourself, like, you are passionate, or you can’t watch scary movies, or you get very invested into your projects, or you love very deeply, as evidence of this.
Many Creative People are Highly Sensitive
We know that one of the hallmarks of a creative personality is an expanded emotional capacity. It stands to reason, then, that this expanded emotional capacity is regularly also a “highly sensitive” emotional capacity, and/or comes along with an expanded sensory capacity. Read more about this here. Many creative people have gone through liife believing this is a bad attribute, bering told they are “too much” or to “calm down” or to “buck up” or “get over things.” Some may even have ended up in the medical or mental health systems to “stabilize” when in fact, their powerful emotions were otherwise healthy for them. If being highly sensitive is the way your brain and body are wired, the first thing to do is to understand this about yourself, and how to support and care for yourself properly.
Creativity Counseling your "Cat Brain" Using Repetition
I like to refer in Creativity Counseling, to our high sensitivity as our “cat brain.” If you have ever brought home a new cat, the cat spends the first several days or longer, hiding and acclimating. As the new owner, patience is required of you, and consistency. You cannot force the cat to acclimate to you, but repetition and patience is the key while the cat adjust. Our sensitivity is similar. Our brains and emotions need to learn what we are doing, and that it is predictable, safe and trustworthy. This means we need to decide on something that makes sense for us, and repeat it. The same way. All the time. I know this can feel like nails on a chalkboard to Creative People, but we are not talking about big things. For example- many Creative People that hare highly sensitive hold tension and stress in their bodies and suffer from things like muscle soreness, migraines and more. Yoga or a regular routine of stretching can be massively beneficial. But to reap the benefit, repetition, ideally the same time of day, for the same amount of time, is needed.
Creativity Coach to Yourself- Persist
Once a new cat in your household learns where the food and water bowls are, because you always put them there, they get the idea of “this is the food spot.” However, the new cat only truly begins to relax and adapt through trust of that routine which is built through regularity. As an HSP, this is the crucial next step for you. When you have built something into your life, and decided it is beneficial, sticking to it is important. That means setting little goals that are maintainable. For an HSP, the change and chaos and self deprecation of things you can’t maintain is very disruptive. Something small, that your brain and body can depend on with regularity, is massively beneficial and something you can build up over time. You build confidence within yourself emotionally and psychologically when you continue to place that water bowl in the same place, day after day.
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is a Creativity Coach, Creativity Counselor and Professional Artist in Sykesville, Maryland. She provides Online Creativity Counseling in Maryland and Virginia, and Online Creativity Coaching throughout the USA, Canada and the UK.
The information provided in this blog is from my own clinical experiences and training. It is intended to supplement your clinical care. Never make major life changes before consulting with your treatment team. If you are unsure of your safety or wellbeing, do not hesitate to get help immediately.