Top 3 Emotional Regulation Activities For Emotionally Sensitive People

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People go through and feel a lot of emotions every day. Emotions play an essential role in everyone s life. In doing so, some people are more sensitive than others. If you ever hear people around you calling you ‘sensitive’, then you may be an emotionally sensitive person 

Emotions allow us to live our lives the way we do; they give life a sense of colour, and they allow us to ‘feel’ and build our lives. We build our lives with other people, and emotions play a huge role in it. Some people are emotionally sensitive, while others are the opposite, and it is important to have someone who understands how you are and builds a connection that is healthy for both parties involved. 

How To Identify Emotionally Sensitive People?

Being emotionally sensitive basically means they feel the same emotions as others around them, but they feel them more intensely than others. All emotions that they feel such as sadness, happiness, excitement, and everything is felt on an increased level with high intensity. They might get overwhelmed due to the same and may be sensitive to criticism. Being sensitive allows them to be empathetic with others and sympathize better. Feeling emotions more intensely than others has its own strengths and weaknesses.

Some Of The Strengths Include 

  • Empathy: They have heightened emotional awareness, allowing them to connect with others on a deeper level and understand other people s emotions from their perspective. This permits them to bring comfort to the other person. 
  • Self-awareness: Allows people to introspect and reflect on their life with a greater sense of insight. They are extremely adept at detecting emotional signs from others.
  • Expression: Because these people are aware of their own and others emotions, they are also skilled at expressing them to others. 

Some Weaknesses Include 

  • Vulnerability to being overwhelmed: Emotionally sensitive people may be more prone to being overwhelmed by emotions than others around them feeling the same emotions as them. Finding emotional stability may become more difficult as a result, necessitating more effort.
  • Increased Reactivity: due to their heightened sensitivity, the chances of them reacting to a situation is higher than others as they may get triggered easily. This may result in larger emotional reactions that are sometimes disproportionate to the current situation.
  • Criticism Sensitivity: Emotionally sensitive people may be more sensitive to criticism. They may take it personally, which may further affect their self-esteem and confidence.

People who are emotionally sensitive can recognize and further use their strengths to regulate their emotions in a better manner 

Three ways to regulate your emotions 

1. Mindfulness & Meditation: Mindfulness activities allow an individual to introspect on their actions and thoughts without any judgment. Frequent mindfulness meditation helps to improve their self-awareness and manage emotions. These activities foster a sense of calmness and emotional stability by allowing people to be aware of their thoughts and emotions without getting overwhelmed by them.

2. Journaling: maintaining a journal is a comprehensive way to look back the emotions that you felt, why you felt them, that is, the root cause or the triggers, and whether they were reasonable or not. This further allows you to guide yourself on a better path. 

3. Physical Activity: Engaging in regular physical activity is an effective way to manage your emotions. When you exercise, endorphins, the brain s natural mood-enhancing chemicals, are released. It can help reduce stress, anxiety, and sadness, all of which are common problems for emotionally sensitive persons. Yoga, jogging, walking, or any other type of physical activity that you enjoy can help you regulate your emotions and improve your overall well-being.

Is It Good Or Bad To Be An Emotionally Sensitive Person?

Emotionally sensitive people often face backlash for being ‘So sensitive’ and being asked to ‘grow up’. Contrary to popular notions, being sensitive or emotionally sensitive is in no way a bad thing, nor does it make anyone weak by any means. It simply means that they feel the same emotions as others but slightly more intensely and may respond in a stronger way. This quality often allows them to not only understand others better but also be empathetic. 

Just as IQ refers to the intelligence quotient which measures one’s intelligence, EQ, that is the emotional quotient exists to measure emotional maturity. If you are emotionally sensitive, by regulating, identifying, and accepting your emotions, you could increase your EQ and use it to your advantage!

Is The Difference Between A Highly Sensitive Person And An Emotionally Sensitive Person?

Highly sensitive people (HSPs) are individuals who process information more deeply than others. They are more aware of their surroundings and are more easily overwhelmed by sensory input. They are also more likely to be emotionally reactive and to feel things more intensely.

Emotionally sensitive people are those who are easily affected by their emotions. They may cry easily, feel things very deeply, and be easily overwhelmed by strong emotions.

The main difference between HSPs and emotionally sensitive people is that HSPs are sensitive to all types of stimuli, including physical, emotional, and social. Emotionally sensitive people are primarily sensitive to emotional stimuli.

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