Are You An Empath?
Being an empath or clairsentient (someone who receives messages through senses and feelings) can be a beautiful quality to have.
Ever get the feeling you know what someone is thinking and then they say it? Or do you often feel drained after being around a lot of people? Or perhaps you can't stand to watch sad movies or the news? If you answered yes, you are an empath.
Sometimes being an empath (and feeling every little thing) can be tough to navigate. Especially when you walk into a crowded shopping centre or have issues with family or friends.
I have been an empath my whole life but only realised it later in life. It explains a lot now when I look back at how I used to feel in confronting situations.
How can I stop other people's emotions from draining me?
How do I stop feeling emotionally wiped out?
Why does drama impact me SO much?
Never fear, here are some tips to help you thrive as an empath (from my personal experience).
1. Practice Grounding
Energy overwhelm is absolutely real, and it can kick in very quickly. One sad movie, one confronting conversation, and before you know it, everything seems like a bigger deal than it actually is.
Grounding is one of my favourite ways to help deal with this because it helps you refocus and recharge. It's a way of returning to the present - sort of like meditation.
Take a salt bath or swim at the beach
Walk barefoot on the grass
Play your favourite music (sing and/or dance!)
Eat some root veggies!
Exercise of any form
2. Avoid Negative Nancy's
You know that one person who is constantly complaining? They could win the lotto but still find a way to put a negative spin on it. Being around negative energy is extremely exhausting for Empaths, and it takes a while to recover from these interactions.
As much as possible, steer clear from these people and start surrounding yourself with positive, like-minded people. Remember that like attracts like.
3. Set boundaries
Sometimes you can't avoid negativity but you do have a CHOICE in what they take from you. Recognising negative behaviours that drain you will help you protect yourself.
Don't be afraid to set boundaries. Ensuring that your energy is at its fullest, allows you to bring your best to the people in your life who matter.
4. Don't watch the news
Nearly everything in the news these days is beyond draining. Keeping up with current events is important, I know. But for me it's not worth the way I feel after I watch a segment on war, murder, violence, or politics.
So if you're noticing that your energy is vibrating at a lower frequency after watching the news or a scary/gory movie, avoid them if you can, or watch in moderation.
5. Wash off negative energy