How to Manage Guilt as a Highly Sensitive Person
How many times have you felt guilty when you were not able to offer support to someone in need or say yes to a request? Situations like being asked to socialize with coworkers after an overstimulating work day or drive a family member to the airport at 4am when you work late the night before. Perhaps that feeling of obligation that comes with guilt has led you to say “yes” even when your inner voice was screaming “no” from being exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed out or just not interested.
There are so many things that get in the way of taking care of ourselves and setting boundaries such as social obligation or discomfort with the conflict of saying “no”. For the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) the biggest barrier to self-care seems to be that dreaded feeling of guilt! Disappointing others or the risk of hurting someone’s feelings can be unbearable, so we sacrifice our own needs in order to take care of someone else.
Why is guilt so pervasive as a Highly Sensitive Person?
How do we manage it?
Click Here for the full guest post I wrote for the blog, Happily Imperfect by Sharon Martin, where I dive into these questions and offer tips to manage the difficulties of being a deeply empathetic person.