Empathy is the innate sense by which we can be attuned to the inner feelings and energies of the people around us. Some authors believe that it might have genetic characteristics. If there are others in your families who have the knack for picking up on the emotions and feelings of those around them, you might inherit that ability.
Like a superpower, it can travel down generations. But while having the gift of being extra perceptive is a good thing, it comes with its own challenges. Like the superhero movie cliché; with great power comes great responsibility. In this case that responsibility is to our own self.
Empaths not only detect the dominant emotions of others but also sometimes mirror them. If you have a heightened sensitivity to the mental energies around you, it makes you perceptive but also vulnerable. Without coping skills, you may get overwhelmed by your own gift.
That’s why we’ve got these 15 tips to prevent you from falling on your own metaphorical sword:
- Much Needed Alone-time
Spending time alone allows you to get in touch with your own inner feelings and it’s a great way to de-stress.
- Motivate Yourself
Have positive thought patterns and train your mind to keep giving you tidbits of wisdom to keep you going through the day. It helps to have a positive mindset.
- Keep Your Guard Up Sometimes
It’s okay to retreat into the recesses of your mind sometimes as a means to shield yourself. Sometimes a break from reality is essential to your well-being.
- Balance Your Energies
Create a balance in the energies you feel around you and the ones that emanate from you in order to get rid of negativity.
- Live in the Moment
It pays dividends to get out of your Ego and live in the moment. Just express whatever emotion comes to you naturally and see where it takes you.
It’s not too bad to foster a belief and project positivity onto objects. Some people believe gems and stones can rid them of negative energy. Try them!
- Aroma Therapy
We all like good smells. Scented oils and their therapeutic values are known facts.
- Learn to Forgive
Forgive not for the sake of the one you’re forgiving but for yourself. Letting the ill feelings go is very good for your soul.
As you can imagine, staying grounded with both feet planted firmly, is essential. It doesn’t mean you can’t let your imagination soar but you can nourish your root chakra energy through grounding.
Practice meditation to rid yourself of stress.
- Good Music
It’s now a proven fact that music is good for your heart. Listen to soothing music to relax, or even your favorite music… even if they’re a punk band!
- Connect with Nature
Nature and natural beauty has amazing rejuvenating properties. Ever walked on grass while barefoot? Try it. Try it now.
The Native Americans have been doing this with great results for years. Burning sage while stating an intention is a great method for clearing energy.
Yoga’s focus on controlled breathing is a great way to achieve the grounding that you need. You can train your body in the art of peaceful relaxation. Try these exercises.
- Be Grateful
Be grateful for the good things in your life. You can even try to keep a journal that you can fill with such things at the end of your day.