Being an empath means you are continually affected by the ever-evolving energies of people and events around you and in the world at large. It can feel hard to balance that openness and compassion that makes you so unique with trying to protect your emotions and vital energy. Here are our top five tips on how to deal with being an empath and ensure you practice exquisite self-care.
1: Take Time For Yourself
Taking time out alone may sound obvious, but it is something that is often overlooked by empaths. Because we feel so much, we have a natural desire to help others, and so our own downtime can suffer as a result. Schedule alone time into your diary as often as you need it. You can’t give from an empty cup. Protecting your boundaries around your time will ensure you fully recharge your batteries and can be of service in the best possible way.
2: Create a Shield
Highly sensitive people often find it challenging to be in crowds or large gatherings. We also struggle in situations where there is a lot of negative energy. The best thing to do when these situations are unavoidable is to create an energetic shield around you. This shield is like a bubble of light that protects you from negative input. Imagine you are in the middle of a beautiful egg-shaped bubble of pure positive energy. This is your protective shield, and it will deflect any negative or overwhelming energies away from you.
3: Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is crucial for all empaths and HSPs. Because we feel so much, it is easy to get caught up in that swirling mist of anxious thought. Bring your attention to the present moment as often as you can. Focus on your breathing, or even just your experience of this moment, precisely as it is. Notice what you can hear, feel, taste, smell, and see. The truth is, there are no issues in the present. Anxiety comes from regretting the past and worrying about the future. When you can be entirely here and now, you can experience peace.
4: Forgive and Accept
Storing negative emotions such as resentment, anger, guilt, and disappointment only serves to drain your energy. Whether it is forgiveness of another person or forgiveness of yourself, letting go of those negative feelings is one of the most cathartic things you can do as an empath. Also, try to practice acceptance for people as they are. As HSPs living from a place of compassion, it is tricky to understand and process the reasons why people act in harmful ways. But, they are often operating from a place of fear, past trauma, and ignorance of the truth. Therefore they see the world and other people very differently than you do. Understanding that their actions come from fear and trauma will help you to accept them and practice compassion for them.
5: Practice Gratitude
Sometimes being an empath can feel like a weight on your shoulders. But it is actually a gift. To be able to feel compassion on such an intense scale makes you very special. Giving thanks for these gifts is a great way to keep you feeling positive. Gratitude is one of the highest vibration emotions (along with love), and practicing gratitude is the fastest way to raise your energetic frequency. Every day, think of three or more things you are grateful for. Close your eyes and notice that gratitude deep in your heart. Feel it spreading throughout your body, raising your vibration and protecting you from negative energy.