#Highly Sensitive People: Do you utilize this natural HSP resource?

Do you utilize this natural HSP resource? What is this natural HSP resource you may ask? It’s keen observation skills! If you’re a highly sensitive person, this should come very easy to you. Don’t we HSPs take in everything around us? Being observant is the key to creativity.

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

Here are some tips you can try that will help you improve your observation skills that will in turn help improve your creative skills.

Pay attention to details – This requires you to slow down and be mindful about 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 and this can carry over into creativity. When you’re mindful of what you’re doing, you see things in a different light and your creativity begins to come alive.

Do something different – Sometimes all it takes to not only hone your observation skills, but to also get the creative juices flowing, is to simply take the time to do something different. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate like running off and taking an exotic vacation, though. It can be something as simple as visiting a new place locally you’ve never seen before. When you do something new, you’re more aware of what’s going on around you because you’re paying closer attention while observing what it is you see, smell, hear, feel and taste.

Go to a park, coffee shop or some other public place with a pen and notepad – Set aside some time to head to a nearby park (or anywhere public) and observe those around you. Pay attention to how they walk, what they’re wearing, and how they interact with others. As you observe them, begin to write down different details. Pay attention to your senses and write about things you see, hear and 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 learn to focus and be mindful of what’s going on around you. And as you do this exercise and begin writing, you’ll start using those creative thinking brain muscles that need to be exercised.

Being mindful and observant is a skill 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 soon 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.

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2 Responses to #Highly Sensitive People: Do you utilize this natural HSP resource?

  1. Raylene Eichorn says:

    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?

    • Cliff Harwin says:

      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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