Do you utilize this natural HSP resource?
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Do you utilize this natural HSP resource?

What is this natural HSP resource? It’s keen observation skills! If you’re a highly sensitive person, this should come very easy to you. As HSPs, we take in everything around us, and being observant is the key to creativity.

Creativity is all around us, and each of us has the ability to be creative. This is a part of who we are, and it’s only a matter of tapping into it. Sometimes it comes easy and sometimes it doesn’t. If the latter is the case for you, it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is train yourself to be creative. You’d be surprised that it can be as simple as practicing your powers of observation and becoming better aware of your surroundings.

Below are some tips that you can try to improve your observation skills, which will then enhance your creative skills.

  • Be mindful. This requires you to slow down and pay attention to details. You will notice what you’re doing and where you are. For example, when you get dressed, pay attention to what you do first, second and so on. When you leave your house, look at and notice the color of the door. Little things like this will help you learn to be present in the moment, no matter what you’re doing. When you’re mindful, you see things in a different light, and your creativity begins to come alive. You never know what will trigger your next big inspiration!
  • Do something different. Sometimes all it takes to hone your observation skills and get the creative juices flowing is to simply do something different. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, like taking an exotic vacation. It can be something as simple as visiting a new place locally. When you do something new, you’re more aware of what’s around you. Novelty is exciting, and you pay closer attention to what your senses pick up.
  • Go to a park, coffee shop, or some other public place with a pen and notepad (or laptop) Make it a point to observe those around you. Pay attention to how they walk, what they’re wearing, and how they interact with others. As you observe, begin to write down different details. Focus on your senses, and write about the things you see, hear or smell. Don’t spend too much time thinking, just write whatever pops into your head. Again, not only does this help you improve your observation skills, it helps you be more mindful of what’s going on around you. As you do this exercise, write down your impressions and any ideas you have. This is way to get you to start using those creative thinking brain muscles that we don’t always use.

Being mindful and observant are skills we can all improve upon. Too often we go through life missing many of the details, but if you make it a point to notice what’s happening around you, you’ll find many creative ways to use what you learn in your writing, artwork, or other creative endeavors.

Do you utilize your extraordinary HSP observational skills? If not, why not? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I finally figured that out! Yes I notice details and particularly after my unwanted divorce. I’m having quite a time getting over it (we were married almost 36 years), especially this time of year because in the past it seemed like such a big happy family affair. My adult kids have sided with their dad, even though he was the one who wanted to separate. I was blindsided, devastated and of course went into shock and grieving. The kids couldn’t handle it, and why couldn’t I be “upbeat and positive” like their father?
    In another article you mentioned to cherish the happy memories, but I admit all memories, photos, etc are extremely painful for me. I keep wishing to find a vampire who would compel me to forget everything!
    So, these super observation skills at this time for me are a source of sadness, as I see how I gave too much and rec’d so little. I didn’t give to get, but to be loved and to belong. After all those years I feel used. Left with no love and certainly no sense of belonging. How do HSP get over losses in their lives?

    1. Hi Raylene,

      I’m sorry to hear about your distress. It’s important to give yourself enough time to grieve about your divorce. Venting your feelings to others will help. Perhaps you can talk to a trusted friend, a person of the clergy, a mental help professional, or I offer HSP coaching from a personal point of view. Don’t keep your feelings bottled up! This will never help you.

      It’s too early to think about happy memories when you’re feeling so sad. Give yourself time to heal.

      You can’t take back the past. You can only learn from it. We heal from our losses by putting our knowledge of the past to use to make a better future for ourselves. Bitterness will keep you stuck in the past with no future growth possibilities. Again, give yourself time and don’t become impatient. You’re life will be better! Please let me know how you’re doing.

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