An Empaths Survival Guide To Emotional Exhaustion
Being tuned in to everyone’s emotions can leave you feeling drained. Even without the barrier to protect yourself from feeling other’s emotions, you can make yourself feel better!
Relying on your intuition to guide you in the world can give you the upper hand; you’ll be able to feel people’s energies and figure out who is worth trusting. But sometimes you don’t want to experience other people’s experiences.
Without the barrier that everyone else seems to have, you might find it difficult not to absorb everyone’s emotions. So how do you stop feeling for others?
1. Take A Break
Being overloaded with energy from all around you is going to make you feel drained! Make sure you take the time to absorb what happened before you move on to the next activity.
You have to stay aware of who you spend time with because being around the wrong people can influence your energy negatively. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions for others, take a break from them too!
As an empath having healthy boundaries can feel like a violation. When you’re empathetic, you make a good friend, but sometimes your friends can use you to get rid of their negative emotions.
You might need to spend more time recharging because it takes a while to eliminate the negative energy. But you need to know when to tell others that it’s too much for you.
Know what drains you and try to avoid it. Your friends should understand, but if they aren’t, you need to contemplate if the relationship is worth keeping because they should have your best interests at heart.
3. Ignore Your Inner Critic
That pesky inner voice can make you believe anything negative about yourself. Self-reflection is good, but when that voice becomes critical of you, it can drain your energy and shatter your confidence.
You should always be aware of your feelings and emotions, so you’re not neglecting them, but don’t let your inner critic tell you that your feelings are invalid or stupid. Treat yourself as you would a friend.
You wouldn’t be critical of your friends' emotions if they were sensitive, so why do that to yourself? Be kind to yourself and remember your feelings aren’t stupid!
Taking time away from all the energy around you is going to replenish you. You might feel recharged when you spend some time in nature.
When you’re sensitive to sounds, nature's stillness can be calming. Find a space you find relaxing, take up activities that involve nature, and recharge your battery often!
5. Feel Your Feelings
No matter what you do, you’ll always be sensitive because others won’t be as considerate of your feelings as you are theirs, small things will affect you, and you won’t be able to change it no matter how much you try to explain it away.
Take the time to feel your feelings. Acknowledge them and let them out; keeping them bottled up is no good for you, so let it all out even if it means you’re screaming into the ocean.
Being an empath has its benefits, but you can end up feeling drained if you don’t know how to look out for yourself. Practice self-care techniques and find ways to keep the energy around you filled with love so you can thrive!