How do I thrive as a sensitive person?

Are you a sensitive person?

Aemen Farooq
3 min readAug 25, 2021

If you suspect that you are a highly sensitive person then keep on reading.

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Among the entire population, only about 15 to 20 percent can be categorized as highly sensitive people. These people tend to have increased sensitivity to everything around them. Lights, loud sounds, strong smells, argumentative commercials. They notice minute things like penalties in a much deeper and reflective way. It’s like seeing the things around you in high resolution, not only the physical things but also the things that you can’t see, that you actually feel like emotions, energies, ability to survive in complex situations.

This feeling can lead these people to be easily tired and overwhelmed. They are introverts, shy and quiet. Some people struggle with this from early childhood. Some develop over time.

“No matter who it is or how comfortable you are with someone, when anyone yells at you or talks down to you, you immediately erupt in tears.”

— Lauren Jarvis-Gibson, 11 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You’re a Highly Sensitive Person

A Little About Me

I have been a sensitive person since I was a little girl. It leads me to deal with years of anxiety and depression. It can be very hard if you are not aware of this part of you, but hey it also has amazing rewarding benefits which I will talk about later here. Don't get me wrong I am not saying these are the qualities of only a highly sensitive person.

Some things that helped me thrive as a highly sensitive person, that I recommend you implementing are:

  • Firstly, understand it's real and start respecting yourself.
  • Secondly, and it's a big one, start giving yourself some time to recharge.
  • Be extra okay to do self-care. Sensitive people tend to exhaust themselves by just being hungry, tired, or stressed.
  • Have extra sleep. Make sleep a top priority. It helps to function better.



Aemen Farooq

I write about mental health, self-development, self-care, and life lessons as they happen. Editor of