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#HighlySensitivePeople: Is it harder for highly sensitive people and introverts to bounce back from difficult times?

As a highly sensitive person and introvert I feel more deeply affected by difficult experiences and need more time and self-care to recover. However, I see it as a strength in terms of being attuned to my own needs and the needs of others, which can help me better cope with challenges and build resilience to bounce back from difficult times.

It’s important to recognize that everyone has their own unique strengths and challenges when it comes to building resilience, regardless of personality type.

Resilience refers to the ability of an individual to adapt and cope with difficult situations and bounce back from adversity. Here are some ways you can increase your resilience:

  • Optimize your health. Eat a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, exercise, and get the sleep that you need. Meditation and yoga are great ways to calm your mind. When you are feeling your best, it is much easier to cope with stress.
  • Get support. Talk to family, friends, and other people who you trust. Seek professional help when your life becomes too overwhelming. You might consider joining a support group that offers information, mutual support, and practical suggestions.
  • Give yourself something to look forward to. Actively plan an activity that you enjoy. This will release tension. This can involve hobbies, volunteering, or pursuing a career that aligns with one’s values and passions. It’ll help clear your mind. Maintaining social connections can help you build resilience by providing emotional support and a sense of belonging. This can involve staying in touch with friends and family, joining a club or group, or volunteering in the community.
  • Develop a sense of meaning and purpose: Finding meaning and purpose in life can help you better cope with difficult times and build resilience. This can involve exploring one’s values and goals and engaging in activities that contribute to a greater good.
  • Get the “lesson.” Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this situation?” It is much easier to accept a difficult circumstance when you are able to find something positive that can come out of it.
  • Give yourself credit. Pat yourself on the back for bouncing back from a difficult situation. This will make you stronger and ready to handle anything that comes your way.
  • Take a break. If possible, remove yourself from the difficult situation. A much-needed breather will clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective.
  • Practice flexibility: Being adaptable and flexible can help you better cope with unexpected challenges. This can involve being open to change and trying new things.
  • Set realistic goals: Setting realistic goals and breaking them down into smaller, achievable steps can help you build resilience by giving you a sense of control and progress. Achieving small goals can also boost your self-confidence and motivation.
  • Practice self-compassion: Highly sensitive people and introverts may be more prone to self-criticism and negative self-talk. Practicing self-compassion involves treating oneself with kindness and understanding, which can help build resilience by increasing self-confidence and reducing self-doubt.
  • Embrace vulnerability: Building resilience involves facing and overcoming challenges, which requires a willingness to be vulnerable. Highly sensitive people and introverts may be more hesitant to take risks or put themselves in uncomfortable situations, but embracing vulnerability can lead to growth and increased resilience.
Building resilience is a journey, and it’s important to be patient and kind to yourself along the way. With time and effort, anyone can increase their resilience and better navigate life’s challenges. How can you increase your resiliency? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.


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