If you declare yourself an empath, you might have been suspected of being “too sensitive,” or you need to “lighten up.” But in a real sense, being an empath is a nice gift as it helps you understand how other people are feeling around you or makes you experience a deeper inner life.
But as you ingest the joy around you, you must also absorb the stress. That means you can become drained or overloaded easily. Ensure you include the main strategies in your day to day life to distribute your empathic gifts to other people as you protect your inner life.
Here are key strategies to deal with being an empath.
Step 1: Make Your Surrounding a Safe Place
There’s too much emotion outside there. Therefore, you must create a safe space around your home where you can sit and relax in peace to help you recharge for the next move out. Ensure you get an area in your home that’s only yours; place all the protective crystals, make it calming and quiet. Doing this will help you cope with being an empath.
Step 2: Try to Use an Anchor
Using an anchor is a form of behavior modification that you can use to create a gesture that will reset your thinking ability. If you want to anchor properly;
- Choose a quiet area where no one will disturb you. Lie or sit there quietly, breathing deeply with your eyes closed until you feel comfortable and relaxed.
- Having done that, try visualizing anything that will make you feel peaceful and happy. This can either be an experience, a place, or a loved one. Just do anything that will bring you to a peaceful and relaxed place.
- Once you attain a loving, peaceful, and relaxed feeling, create a gesture. Make sure you are choosing a gesture that you don’t frequently do. For instance, you can bring your thumb and ring fingertips to the left hand together. After that, make a mudra or create a circle with your fingers. Maintain this gesture as you continue with the loving, relaxed, and peaceful feeling. Once the feeling subsidizes, release the gesture. Doing this will anchor the feeling.
- Lastly, any time you realize that you are trapped in empathic emotions that aren’t yours, perform the gesture; this will restore you to the love feeling and assist you in releasing any external emotions.
Step 3: Read as Much as Possible
Get it away by losing yourself in an interesting book. Reading is among the best hobbies that empaths use. Therefore, make sure you dedicate your time to read daily, whether for personal or leisure development.
A book is an excellent excuse to pull it all when you feel overpowered with other external energies. break open a book, and your emotions will receive the message that you want to be set free.
Step 4: Practice Yoga or Meditation Daily
Get rid of overwhelming emotions by creating a strong mind-body link. Yoga and meditation are proper vehicles to steer this. Make sure you begin your day with either meditation or yoga.
Practicing both will assist you in getting back in touch with your body and mind when bombarded with other people’s energies.
Step 5: Question The Unmet Requirements Behind Strong Emotions
Instead of ignoring or pushing away any strong emotions, ensure you understand them first, understand what they mean, and know-how to satisfy the underlying need. For instance, if you feel angry, have a closer look at everything happening close to you, then attempt to resolve it.
Concentrate on how emotions feel in your body, validate them through asking yourself, “It’s okay to feel what I’m feeling.” After that, show some compassion through caressing yourself.
Lastly, find a solution to the problem. Check on what needs you aren’t meeting. For example, when you have an angry feeling, it means that you still need a boundary that you should set. When you feel ignored, make sure you spend time with an energizing and supportive person.
Step 6: Don’t Fix Things for Other People
Perhaps you are a great listener, and people close to you tell you so. That’s great! But as an empath person, don’t only listen to other people’s problems. Make sure you shoulder it as your own. Please pay attention to your tendency and develop a conscious effort to listen to the problem without fixing or internalizing it.
For this to happen, make sure you silently repeat the affirmation.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.