Being someone with the HSP trait, you may have a difficult time dealing with the ins and outs of your work life. You may not have even realized the real reason you are having such difficulties. But it makes sense; if you are a highly sensitive person, and you are bound to one location for 8 hours, no matter what the environment dishes out to you, it can be a challenge.
Here are some common examples of what an HSP can experience in their office environment; deadlines are approaching with bosses hovering over you causing extreme stress, a coworker is wearing an abundant amount of perfume, the lights above your head are very bright, you are around a lot of people and can’t escape for a quiet moment, or distracting office noises such as phones and multiple people talking at once are happening all throughout the day. It can leave you feeling like you just want to run home and escape to your quiet peaceful house. But you can’t because, well….you have to pay the bills.
Here are a few ways to lessen the stress of the overstimulating office environment. Make sure you leave for your lunch break, even if it’s just to sit alone in your car to regroup. Plan on going to bed at a decent hour so you are well rested and ready to face the day, a good nights rest will lessen the stress factor. If possible, make requests to change things that are bothering you. For example, having the fluorescent lights changed to LED lights, which are not has harsh on the eyes. This is an inexpensive request and might be granted.
Your HSP trait can be a blessing in disguise, but sometimes adjustments need to be made to your environment so that you can work comfortably throughout the day. A very helpful book to read if you are an HSP having problems in the workplace is “Making Work ‘Work’ for the Highly Sensitive Person” by Barrie Jaeger.