Are you prone to overreacting? Would you call yourself a sensitive person?
It’s a touchy subject to address. If you are overly sensitive, you’re probably going to be offended if someone says so. That’s the nature of being sensitive.
I bet everyone reading this has taken something the wrong way and reacted badly before, nothing to be ashamed of there.
But being able to get a grip on your sensitivity and not freak out is a lot more beneficial, and certainly something we should work on as we get older.
We are all human though, and we all handle our emotions differently. But, we can all manage our emotions better if we try. You can turn your sensitivity into positivity, which is what I am going to be looking at in this article.
Turning what is often a negative emotion, into a positive one is what I call making the best of a situation. So let’s take a look at some ways you can do this.
How You Can Be Less Sensitive and More Positive
Practice Pausing and Thinking
Unfortunately you are always going to have the odd comment that upsets us, or someone will do something we think was done with bad intentions. When this happens you will feel that rush of emotion and feel upset. But if you can pause for that moment and think, is it really as bad as it seems?
Probably not. With a few moments to think about what has just happened, the majority of times it’s not as bad as it seemed just a few moments earlier. Meaning you can avoid freaking out and being offended. Instead throw a positive spin on the situation retrospectively.
Learn How to Meditate
It seems like this is the answer to a lot of problems nowadays, I always hear people recommending a spot of meditation. I can’t fault this advice, it changed my life around when I started practicing a short meditation session daily.
You don’t need to get too deep into it. Just a few minutes a day of quiet time to yourself to practice breathing calmly and controlling your emotions will go a long way.
Talk about It with Others
Talking about how you feel to a trusted friend is a massive stress reliever. If you feel like you’re on edge and will be easily offended today, talk it out and find out why you feel like this.
You’d be surprised how many people either feel the same, or have overcome being sensitive to little things over the years. I know I have.
Learn How to Not Take Criticism to Heart
The problem is usually taking criticism to heart. Not many people say things to offend someone, and if they are it’s not worth listening to. Criticism should always been taken in a constructive way, more like advice you can choose to listen to or not.
If you have something to say back in your defense be careful how you word it. It’s normal to feel defensive if you feel like you’ve been verbally attacked. But the only way to come out looking good is to be calm and collected.
Loosen up a Little Bit
This is said with a little jest, but it solid advice. We all need to have a sense of humor, if you’re uptight about everything you’re like a coiled spring ready to explode.
Finding a reason to laugh every day is good for your mental and physical well-being. Ask your close friends if you’re uptight, if they even hint at a ‘yes’, it’s time to loosen up a little.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.