I've received so many emails with a flood of questions asking what it's like being an empath, what types of empaths are out there, and how they can manage this divine trait. There are a variety of empaths so I thought I'd focus on one at a time. I get it. It's easy to get overwhelmed with so much information.
If you haven't done so already, please take the empath quiz so you'll have a better idea of what it's like being an empath or a highly sensitive person (HSP).
To put it simply, physical empaths absorb or manifest symptoms that aren't their own.
For me, if I see someone hurt, my body physically takes on symptoms and it becomes very uncomfortable. As a kid, when someone would talk about the details of an injury or when I'd even see something on TV, I'd say "That makes the bottom of my feet hurt." (what an odd thing to say, right?) As a kid, that was the best way to describe it.
This is hard for the other 80% of the...
Although there can be an adjustment period, there are 3 simple strategies we can use to feel better.
1. Alone time. For an empath, having alone time in a relationship is not just a luxury. It's a necessity. Balance alone time with people time. Regularly take what Dr. Judith Orloff calls “a golden hour” to decompress, meditate, or any other mindfulness practice.
2. Take breaks. Get into the habit of having lots of mini-breaks throughout the day. Express to those closest to you how vital this is. Empaths need to think and process alone to regroup. Think of this is a time-out for yourself. It gives you space to gain more clarity and will help recharge you for the rest of the day.
3. Don't play the blame game....
Did you know that some people are earth empaths?
Earth or nature empaths are connected and tuned in to the natural world and all the changes going on around the planet. The beauty of nature can energize empaths but the toxicity of pollutants can make them feel sick exhausted or depressed.
How do you know if you’re an earth empath?
You’re probably very sensitive to the earth’s changes in your body. Energetically you can feel the power of a thunderstorm, the changes of the moon, or the heightened energy of the forest. You also may be very sensitive to weather changes and the amount of daylight.
Earth empaths may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. (SAD) and may become depressed when the days are shorter. They may also have premonitions about natural disasters or feel them intensely in their bodies as they’re occurring.
I have to say, I can relate to some of these traits. I always thought I was weird or that I was making excuses for feeling so...
We’re at our best when we’re growing, but that growth often comes with growing pains.
I’m here to talk about what happens when we experience emotional triggers. For empaths and highly sensitive people, the struggle is definitely real.
Emotional triggers can be anything from a co-worker making a rude comment about our appearance to a relative commenting on a relationship status. When this happens, we withdraw, feel hurt, angry, and can lash out.
As empaths and HSP, we can feel incredibly drained and exhausted, especially when we feel like we have to play defense against painful words and behaviors. That takes a LOT of energy and it's definitely no way to live. .
The frustrating part of it all is that these behaviors can bring up all the doubt that you may have thought you buried a long time ago.
These beliefs are based on fears—they are not reality. You don’t want to be triggered all the time. It is exhausting and painful, especially for highly sensitive...
In this post, I talk about the 7 reasons you should meditate.
Meditation has helped me out of some tough times. I used to be a “crisis meditator”. Meaning, something upsetting would happen in life and only then would I meditate. For instance, a co-worker or family member and I didn’t see eye-to-eye, I took something personally and held onto it, or I expected something of someone and they didn’t come through.
Basically, any of the day-to-day situations that we deal with can really blow out of proportion when we’re already in a negative or fearful frame of mind. That frame of mind made me fearful, insecure, or I would tend to assign blame when something didn’t go as planned.
When I made the change from crisis meditator to a daily meditator, I found so many unexpected benefits.
Here’s how meditation has helped ME over the years when I decided to make the commitment:
Instead of reacting, I am more likely to either...