My Experience as an Empath

“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.

Energy Waves

 

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