“The trademark of an empath is feeling and absorbing other people’s emotions and/or physical symptoms because of their high sensitivities.
For anyone who’ questioned if they are, in fact, an empath- you likely are if you posses any or all of the following qualities:
- Feeling or experiencing the emotions of others
- Feeling or experiencing the physical symptoms of others
- Being naturally observant
- Feeling saddened, uncomfortable or triggered watching violence
- Constant fatigue: many empaths feel fatigued often due to their highly observant and emotional brain
- Thrives in creative environments
- Easily overstimulated
These are just a few of the most common qualities of empaths. Being an Empath can be your greatest gift if you use it correctly. I have began to use empathy to connect on a deeper level with friends, co-workers and even strangers. It has become one of my favourite aspects of myself although, at times, it can be exhausting.
Usually exhaustion is my #1. signal that I am taking in too many emotions of others and/or being overstimulated. Knowing that about myself allows me to change my behaviour/routine when I start to feel exhausted. I may spend more time alone to reset and come back into my own body and experience my own emotions separately from those of others.
Here are some activities/techniques that help me stay grounded as an Empath:
- Being in Nature: Nature is happy, nature is non-judgemental and full of goodness. It is pure and allows me to take in the positive energy it radiates.
- Being with Animals: Animals are inherently kind. They are happy with so little. A simple ear scratch or game of fetch can make them happy.
- Meditation. As an empath I find my brain is always taking in a copious amount of information. Meditation allows me to let the thoughts pass and allow more space in my brain.
- Find Positive Energy: I am weary of negative energy as I find it hard not to absorb it. I try my absolute hardest to find people who are genuine and kind to surround myself with.
- Identify Drains and Energizers: Make a physical list to remind yourself. Check in with yourself as much as you can. Stay near your energizers and try to limit the drains in your life.
- Schedule “YOU-Time”: So often I find myself trying to make time to help others and make others happy. I am learning to be selfish (this isn’t a bad thing!) I am learning to take time when I need it.
“YOU-Time” can include:
- Taking a bath
- Going for a walk
- Writing or doing whatever brings you joy
- Checking in with yoursel
- Yoga or any other form of exercise
*Basically, it’s anything that lifts you up and fills you with calm.