Do you find yourself listening with ease to other people’s problems? Do you pick up on the emotions of those around you without trying to? Do strangers easily share their life stories? If so, you’ve probably gone through your life being more affected by other people’s energy than you realize. You’re an empath. And if you know you are, the next question that’s likely to pop into your head is “So now what?”
As an empath, you are someone who has been hard-wired to perceive and experience other people’s emotions. You probably grew up being told you were “too sensitive” but being an empath isn’t just about being hyper-sensitive and it’s not strictly emotions, either. Without even trying, an empath can pick up on and understand what makes other people do the things they do and what their intentions are.
The fact that you are an empath can’t be changed. Nor is it a skill that can be developed. Just like the color of your eyes, you were born with this gift (which sometimes might feel like a curse). As an empath you are always “on” – processing other people’s feelings and energies. You can learn how to manage this. Empaths often turn to alcohol, drugs and other addictions to kind of “tone down” the effects of going through life this way. However, there are much healthier ways to deal with being an empath that will serve you in far better ways.
- Be alone: Perhaps this is stating the obvious, but empaths, more than anyone, require time alone in order to recharge their batteries. Make sure you are giving yourself plenty of alone-time to relax. Do anything you want to during this time but just be alone.
- Meditate: If you’re having a particularly overwhelming day, take 5-10 minutes (or more if you can!) and meditate. Quiet your mind. Let the thoughts come into your head but then let them go as quickly as they come. Don’t focus or dwell on any one thing. Focus on your breathing and let your body relax.
- Listen to music: This is one I’ve taken to doing when I just can’t get away from people (like at the office or – god forbid – the mall). Just put your headphones in, turn your favorite tunes on and block the rest of the world out, even if only for a little while.
- Change your outlook: Being an empath is indeed a burden at times. It is my belief that before we were born, we made a soul agreement to come to Earth in this time of transition and take on the task of being an empath in this life to help others. This belief helps me put my empathic abilities in perspective and I see it as a gift, a responsibility to help others.
- Look at your personal narrative: What stories do you tell yourself as you do the dishes or make the bed? If you believe, as an empath, that you need protection from evil, then you’re likely setting yourself up (like a self-fulfilling prophecy) to attract negative energy. If we instead focus on promoting positive strengths and positive energy in ourselves and those around us, more positivity will come our way.
- Move: No, not from your home or city. Just move your body. Go for a walk. Go for a run, to the gym – just move. I find this particularly effective for me when I have so much pent up energy from others around me I don’t know what to do with myself. Moving your body will let off some steam (and burn some calories too – double bonus!). Movement in any form is a great way for empaths to move out old energy and pull in fresh energy.
Click here to read my first article on empaths: Are you an empath?
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