I have been a highly sensitive person for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was young, I was overwhelmed by groups and crowded places, so I enjoyed being by myself and spent a lot of time in nature. With a vivid imagination and creative spirit, I didn’t need much stimulation or entertainment to keep myself occupied. As I got older and more social, my anxiety started to get worse- unknowingly, I was picking up energies from my environment.
It wasn’t until a few years ago when I first heard the term “empath.” Someone described their ability to pick up the emotions of other people, and explained how they are highly intuitive. I agreed that this sounded like me, too. I’ve always felt energies from the people I am around, and sometimes have felt physical symptoms and anxiety that causes me to leave the room or situation. For years, I thought these feelings were mine.
Empaths pick up the energies of their surroundings as if they were their own.
I always thought this was merely social anxiety, but now I know it’s much more. I am not anxious at all when speaking with others, and although I’m naturally introverted, my friends and colleagues would describe me as extremely chatty. Upon reading more about what an empath is, there was no doubt in my mind that I am one. Although empaths are often lightworkers, healers, or work in a service capacity, they can fall depressed and drained by their work and must be sure to take time for their own self care.
Being an empath has its pros and cons. My highly intuitive nature has assisted with many areas of my life, from keeping me safe to talking to the right person at the right time. I will often spend time with others and already know what they’re feeling or pick up on their energy. This can both assist and hinder my social interactions; when I’m feeling balanced and grounded, I can better assist others with their feelings and emotions. If I’m not feeling balanced, I will often feel panicked, stressed, and helpless.
Having the traits of an empath has been a challenge in my social life, relationships, and work. Feeling the overall energy of the collective can cause me to completely shut down at times, plagued with feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, and even fear. Although there is no magical cure to fight off negative energies, there are ways to protect yourself from picking up these unwanted feelings and emotions. From a daily meditation practice to saging your space, there are many ways to clear your energy and rebalance your spirit.
What are some of the challenges you have faced as an empath?