Energy Vampires - The Space Invader

During the month of October, I'm adding to my Empath Collective library. This is one of the biggest projects I’ve taken on throughout the whole time my Empath Collective has been together. 

I’ve been working on this project for several months. It’s on the topic of Energy Vampires. ‍ 

I’ve been hesitant to cover this topic for a few reasons: 

  1. I'm really careful about the energy surrounding each topic. If it's too negative, it might bring people down.
  2. I'm also careful around labels because labels can stick and I believe that people really can change.

If you think you might have an energy vampire in your life, you’ll definitely want to keep reading and you might even want to join our Empath Collective

First things first... You've probably noticed that I frequently talk about energy fields. Yes, we all have this energetic border around us that determines our comfort level. This is also known as personal space

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Lower your stress level

Bringing down your stress level is easier than you think. Simplicity is the key that will keep you coming back to that still point that rests within: 
  1. Take a deep breath in
  2. On the exhale, relax your jaw
  3. Take a deep breath in
  4. Exhale and relax your forehead
  5. Take a deep breath in
  6. Exhale and relax your shoulders 
  7. Repeat

The only difficult part is actually remembering to use your stress-busting tools. You can set a reminder for a certain time of day or several times a day like once per hour. 

You can be mindful to do this each time you walk through a doorway, when you're on a walk, or when you wash your hands. These habits can really add up to decreasing your stress level and blood pressure. 

 

If you're ready to learn more,  check out my free guided meditation library

 

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Practicing Acceptance

We live in a time where self-discovery is on the rise. Although being an empath is not the norm, some people still debate whether or not being an empath is real.
 
Letting people be who they are is a sign of respect. And being (or feeling) judged feels terrible. Imagine what kind of relationship you would have with family members or friends if you felt supported. That your strengths as an empath were appreciated instead of being seen as a weakness.
 
In my Empath Collective, I make sure that empaths feel empowered and have the tools to thrive. Oftentimes it seems like a bit of work, but the process of self-discovery is incredibly rewarding.
 
Believe in yourself. Focus on your gifts rather than your perceived shortcomings and acceptance of yourself and others will blossom.
 
 
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Digital Detox

 

A few weeks ago our Empath Support Community had some fun with Empath Self-Care Bingo. We tried about 20+ different self-care activities with the idea that at least one activity would resonate with us.

 
I told myself I'd try everything on the bingo card and I finally made it to the "digital detox" square on the bingo card.
 
At the time, I was feeling really burned out on anything digital. Phone, laptop, Zoom, TV, social media, and even podcasts. It felt overwhelming. But... I kept going because I connect with clients primarily through all things digital.
 
But, I tried it. Then I stepped away from it for **gasp** more than 24 hours and it just felt right. It ended up being about a week.
 
I felt a little guilty at the time but I knew deep down that this was what I needed in order to sustain my mental energy.
 
This is SO important! Especially for Empaths. I took a dose of my own medicine, so to speak. It was fabulous. I scaled down on...
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Do you get exhausted easily? Why you should listen to your fatigue.

 

Empaths experience our share of fatigue.

Fatigue is the first sign of overwhelm and overwhelm leads to exhaustion, anxiety, depression, adrenal fatigue, and sensory overload. 

 

But, we keep on working. We all have todo lists, priorities, projects, and commitments. We keep working, thinking that we can dig ourselves out of this chaos by more work. 

 

Why do we do this? 

 

Society says, “tough it out”. Society rewards this behavior. 

We celebrate overachievers who ignore their body signals. 

 

This is incredibly harmful to HSP and Empaths. 

We need ample downtime, quiet, and rest to thrive. 

 

CONSIDER THIS: 

Fatigue is your voice of wisdom. It’s your body and your energy level telling you something. This is called listening to your body! 

 

Take one compassionate action (baby step) for yourself. 

  • Electronics OFF for 15 minutes 
  • Meditate - this will help you get quality sleep
  • This...
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Ways to balance your gifts with responsibility

When you're first discovering that you're an empath, it can be a little exciting, a little scary, and a bit intimidating.

You'll probably go down the rabbit hole researching (like I did).

What I've found is that the information is there, but we sometimes don't understand how to use our gifts or balance all of this information with responsibility. I've seen everything from breaking out of old patterns to using the information of being an empath as a license to drop further into victimhood and isolation.

  1. If you have questions about what to do with all of this info, I have a few tips for you.
  2. Start with a meditation practice. Meditation is the #1 best tool for empaths. Trust me on this.
  3. Find a grounding practice. Many empaths are earth empaths so getting outside for a nice walk will help you stay grounded.
  4. Journal. Journal about conflict, decision making, coincidences, and intuitive hits. You can find a lot of answers when you get still and start writing.
  5. Explore other healing and...
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The Benefits of Daydreaming

Did you know that there are benefits to daydreaming?

Did you know that daydreamers have higher levels of empathy? 

Some of my clients express frustration with daydreaming. Why? Many of us have been told it’s associated with being lazy.  I mean, since when did daydreaming become a bad thing?

You see, empaths daydream a LOT. Once I started reminding my clients of the benefits of daydreaming, they started feeling empowered. 

Want to know some of the benefits of daydreaming? 

  • Enhanced memory 
  • A higher level of empathy allows you to explore different scenarios from other people’s perspectives. In other words, it helps you put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
  • Increased creativity
  • “Problem-solving incubation” - basically, daydreaming gives your mind downtime when you’re trying to solve a problem. 

A few examples of enhanced daydreaming would be meditating, practicing yoga, or during a shower. Ever notice how great ideas...

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Self Care for Sensitive People

Self Care for Sensitive People

Many of us love the holidays and look forward to spending time with loved ones, watching movies, and making your favorite meal. This time of year can also be very stressful and especially challenging for empaths and highly sensitive people. We tend to absorb the stressful energy of others.

Here are my 5 Self Care Tips for Empaths - The Holiday Edition

1. Enjoy the lightness of the Holiday Cheer. Use your senses to make the most of the holiday season. The smell of cinnamon, the sight of the beautiful decorations, and the sound of music that makes the season so special.

2. Overwhelmed by Crowds? This is a great time to look at your options here. You might find a time that is less crowded or you can be mindful not to go into crowded situations unless you feel centered and ready. Online shopping is one of my favorites.

3. Stillness - Excessive noise and activity can be overstimulating. Plan still, nonverbal times to allow yourself to recover from noise and...

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Are You an Empath?

To determine if you're an empath you need to take a quick self-assessment test. 

Being an Empath doesn't have to be a curse. I like to think of it as a gift. If you're an empath, don't push this ability to the side. When you push away this divine gift, you run the risk of blocking creativity, isolating, attracting energy vampires, turning to unhealthy substances and habits, harming relationships, and even getting sick.

We'll be using tools like meditation, writing exercises, reiki, grounding yoga sequences and other tools to nudge you in the right direction.

Do you think you might be an empath?

Have you been told you're "too sensitive"? I'd love to know!

 

Join my online empath support communityI'd love for you to be a part of our growing community. 

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Have you been told that you're too sensitive?

Have you repeatedly been told you're too sensitive?

There have also been a number of questions about being an empath, what types of empaths there are, and some of you are even worried that you're NOT an empath.

Please don't worry (seriously, leave that to us). So why would you want to hang around if you're not an empath or a highly sensitive person (HSP)?

Well, you might have a loved one who is and even a kid who you suspect might be an empath. 

Back to my question. Have you repeatedly been told you're too sensitive? I have. And it made me feel even worse for actually having these feelings. The more I pushed the feelings down, the sicker I got. I was exhausted, I isolated and was fearful that the emotions would come back stronger (and they did).

As empaths, this can make us feel frustrated, fearful, and stuck. It's a terrible way to live. When started embracing this gift, I really started to live. Trust me - I fought it.

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