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Recognition: Highness as an opportunity
Highly sensitive, gifted, autistic and Co.? What should the whole rum categorize? Quite simply: school, education, degree programs, job descriptions - everything is designed to fit as many people as possible. But those who are on the track often stay different. Yes - that is a bit flat. And yes, there are always cases that show that people who are different, even without belonging to a "category," go their very own and strong way beyond the mainstream jungle. Others, however, struggle more or less with self-doubt, fears, feelings of guilt or shame, often even when they are successful from the outside.
In such cases, the knowledge of belonging to the category "highly sensitive" may be a stroke of luck, because it opens up new perspectives. The aspects of high sensitivity can be integrated into one's own personality and beliefs positively changed. It is ultimately about a mindful, accepting treatment of oneself and about recognizing one's own strengths and weaknesses. However, with all the benefits of high sensitivity, one note remains important: it's okay if you can identify with the concept and use it for yourself. When you start to define yourself, you run the risk of confining yourself and building yourself a new cage.
Self-efficacy for delicate
Of course, everyone is free to attack time of his life against his own needs and try to adapt permanently. Many high-seniors - especially those of the older generation - try hard throughout their lives, sometimes simply because they are or are exposed to the harshness of life.
But that is more than exhausting in the long run and makes the result sick. However, anyone who recognizes himself can, as a highly sensitive human being, always begin to pursue life-ways that fit, provide satisfaction and promote health.
Weaknesses know and accept
Noises, smells, drafts, visual stimuli, the emotions and moods of the colleagues, lack of retreats - all this puts a strain on highly sensitive people in their daily lives. If you are aware of your own challenges, you are paving the way for positive changes - step by step. Clarity about ourselves helps in self-care:
How do I react to stress? What happens to my body and how do I feel before being overwrought? If you know this threshold, breathing exercises, a tea in the tea kitchen, a look out the window or a short stay in the fresh air can protect you from over-stimulation. When breaks out of turn in the Company reluctant to walk, the toilet is an emergency solution to escape the stimulus situation.
See potentials and live strengths
Highly sensitive is a perceptive talent that has many potentials: differentiated perception, solution orientation, high empathy, intense creative abilities, a good intuition for correct decisions, quality awareness, networked thinking, a high sensitivity for mistakes and a strong sense of value.
In addition to the professional qualifications, all of these are valuable features that you, as a highly flexible person, make available to your employer and enter into the team. High-minded people who are aware of this can sell better, get more recognition, and find it easier for them to find adequate working conditions in which they can call up their performance as highly sensitive people. HSPs are valuable service providers - provided they allow themselves to and appreciation in their environment.
Powerful in everyday life
Calm, sufficient sleep, every day movement (best in nature with fresh air factor), relaxed rituals, music, singing or a good book - all these are basic needs and strengthmakers, which can be integrated well into everyday life. In addition, there are many strengthening aspects - be it a firm belief, methods like yoga and meditation, mindfulness training or nonviolent communication. It is important not to have to put pressure on your leisure time to relax. Small steps often cause more than great changes.
From the question of meaning and the courage to existential flexibility
And then there are the situations in life in which every good will and the best planning will not lead to the goal. The reduction in working hours does not work, because the boss turns crosswise. The environment is not right and the mood is at zero. The work does not fill with meaning, the appreciation is missing or the desire to live one's own vocation is knocking on the door so loudly that we no longer want to defend ourselves.
If it can no longer be done, because change in the company is not possible, one has to listen to one's own signals, recognize boundaries and draw conclusions. Whether in the company, with a new job or in the self-employment - it takes courageous steps and confidence to change situations positively for themselves. And often also a kind of "existential flexibility". For most of us, quitting the job is a huge challenge. After all, we still come out of our caves today to ensure survival. And for many, it is hard to imagine that the quality of life can increase, even though we have less material available.
When the appeal knocks on the door
In addition to meaningfulness, another aspect has a high relevance for highly sensitive people: the topic of vocation. It would certainly be ideal if HSP already recognize in their youth what their vocation is. But finding that out is not always that easy. And is there only one vocation? Or can it also evolve? In this point, highly sensitive people need trust and patience that the vocation may evolve out of experience in job and life. And it takes the openness to assume that it will be faster for one and longer for the next.
It is important to trust your own intuition. Because that is a good signpost. For the first step into new territory high-sensitive people often need an extra portion of courage to take risks. But it is worthwhile to leave the comfort zone and be open to new experiences - in order to develop highly sensible potentials and find their way into business, society and politics.
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