Nov 19, 2021

My HSP Response to Unexpected Change

Here’s my #1 piece of advice for HSPs when it comes to surprise requests, upended plans, and any other unwelcome surprises…

When unexpected shit comes up, DO NOTHING.

Have whatever reaction your little HSP self needs to have—for me, this can range from minor irritation to a full on flip-the-table tantrum, to a crying-on-the-floor meltdown.

It’s unpleasant, but after all these years I’ve learned that it’s also unavoidable, and it’s not the other person’s fault, and if you take any sort of action from this place (see: angry emails), you’ll definitely regret it.

So the trick is… NOT to become a different kind of person who takes unexpected changes and requests in stride without batting an eye, but rather:

To do your best to construct your routine and your boundaries to prevent these situations from happening in the first place,

but also (and more importantly)…

To give yourself grace and time, stop fighting with yourself, and take a day or however long you need to come back with an answer.

It is MUCH easier (and better for business) to create the expectation that you need time to process than it is to do damage control because you got reactionary.

How do you handle unexpected changes?

Samantha Pollack

About Sam

Samantha Pollack is  a Positioning Strategist & Copywriter who creates powerful brand personalities and compelling marketing copy for service providers, creatives, BIPOC women, AuDHD folks, activists, queers, weirdos, and other smart people.

She's known for her ability to truly capture my clients' voice and craft messaging that makes THEIR clients feel seen, safe, and excited AF to get to work.

Sam believes the most important asset in your business is your audience’s trust, and is working to build a new marketing paradigm rooted in honesty, kindness, and slowing the f*ck down—while making (and paying) sustainable wages. 

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