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Supporting people who are sensitive, caring, deep thinkers to live a more fulfilling life

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We all experience difficulties in our lives and sometimes it can be easier to talk through our problems with someone who isn’t involved. This can be particularly the case if you are a sensitive person who processes things deeply because you may often find that people don’t ‘get you’.

If this sounds familiar you may find that people often tell you are “too sensitive”, “you’re always over-thinking things” or “you just need to lighten up”. This can really affect your self-esteem because the way you are doesn’t seem to be good enough.

You may tend to take on a lot to try to get a sense of self-worth, or because you care so much about others, and later come to regret it when you overwhelmed and burnout, weary of striving. Maybe you’ve come to realise that you’re so busy meeting the needs of others that you’ve lost touch with your own needs and sense of who you are, and compassion fatigue may be developing if you are in a caring profession.

Perhaps you find yourself trying to hide your sensitivity and depth and you are really exhausted and confused. You may be worried that people don’t really know you and that one day they are going to find out that you’re not coping as well as you seem to be and you’re afraid they might reject you. Or perhaps you can’t help but show your sensitivity and it seems to annoy other people and it’s making you feel sad and lonely.

On the other hand perhaps you are frustrated because you have a nagging feeling that you’re not living to your full potential and lack confidence push yourself forward.

You may find day-to-day living difficult because your head is always busy and you easily get upset by things or feel hurt by other people. You just seem to feel things more than others. If you are going through a difficult time on top of that, perhaps a bereavement, change in your life, or a relationship difficulty, it can all just feel like too much to manage. You might start feeling anxious or depressed or very stressed.

‘Our true nature is like a precious jewel: although it may be temporarily buried in mud, it remains completely brilliant and unaffected. We simply have to uncover it.’

Pema Chodron