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Being an empath can be a beautiful and challenging experience at the same time. On the one hand, it can open us up to amazing experiences and connections with other people. On the other, it can be difficult to navigate the complexity of emotions and physical sensations we experience. That’s why it’s important to practice empath self care in order to protect our energy and thrive. In this article, we’ll discuss the basics of self care, from understanding what an empath is to setting boundaries and cleansing our energy. With the right knowledge and strategies, you’ll be able to experience the world with an open heart and healthy spirit.
Sensing Emotions of Others
As empaths, we are uniquely gifted in our ability to sense the emotions of others. We are able to be aware of the emotional states of those around us and understand what they are feeling and why. While this can be an incredibly useful skill, it can also be overwhelming and draining for those who don’t understand their own abilities.
Empaths can absorb the emotional energy of others and this can leave us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and even physically ill. It’s important for us to learn how to recognize the signs of emotional overload so that we can take preventative action before it becomes too much.
The first sign of emotional overload is a feeling of being mentally and emotionally drained. This can manifest itself in feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious, irritable, or even depressed. It can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, or difficulty sleeping.
Empaths also tend to be more sensitive to the environment around them. They may be more easily affected by loud noises or bright lights, and they may also pick up on the “vibes” of a room or place. They may also feel the physical symptoms of other people’s emotions and can have difficulty differentiating between their own emotions and those of others.
It is important to remember that being an empath is both a blessing and a curse. While it can provide us with an understanding of the emotions of others, it can also be draining and overwhelming. It is important to learn how to recognize the signs of emotional overload and take preventative action in order to protect our energy and thrive.
Sensing Physical Symptoms of Others
As an empath, you can sense the physical symptoms of others, such as pain, illness, and fatigue. This is because you have a heightened awareness of the energy of others, and you can feel the physical symptoms that they are experiencing.
When you are sensing the physical symptoms of others, the first step is to be mindful of your own body. Pay attention to your own sensations, and be aware of any physical discomfort that you are feeling. This will help you to distinguish your own physical symptoms from those of others.
It is also important to practice self-care when sensing physical symptoms of others. Make sure that you are taking time to rest and recharge, as this will help you to stay grounded and focused. If you are feeling overwhelmed or drained, take a break and do something that is calming and rejuvenating, such as reading, taking a bath, or meditating.
Physical symptoms that you may experience as an empath include headaches, stomachaches, fatigue, and even nausea. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the physical symptoms of others, take a few deep breaths and bring your awareness back to your own body. This will help you to gain a sense of inner calm and clarity, and it will also help you to distinguish between your own physical symptoms and those of others.
If you are feeling unusually fatigued, try engaging in some gentle yoga or stretching, or take a nap. This will help you to regain your energy and feel refreshed. You may also find it beneficial to sit with a crystal or carry a piece of rose quartz in your pocket, as these can help to cleanse and protect your energy.
Finally, it is important to remember that when you sense the physical symptoms of others, you are simply being a compassionate listener. You are not responsible for healing or curing the physical symptoms of others; you are simply there to support and provide a listening ear. By being aware of your own physical symptoms, you can be a compassionate presence for those in need.
Empath Self Care
When talking about self-care for empaths, setting boundaries is essential. Boundaries are limits we set for ourselves to ensure that we feel safe and respected in our relationships. They guide us in how we interact with people, and they allow us to have more control over our lives.
Sometimes the empath has a hard time with boundaries and often takes on the emotional burdens of others. They are compassionate and understanding people who want to make the world a better place. Their ability to feel for others may often leave them drained before they realize it.
Boundaries are important for empaths because they help protect our energy. Empaths are especially sensitive to the energy of others, so it’s important to set firm boundaries in order to avoid taking on other people’s emotions, beliefs, and thoughts. Boundaries also help us to honor our own feelings and needs, and to communicate with others about what we want, need, and expect from them.
When it comes to setting boundaries, it’s important to be assertive. This means understanding what you need, expressing it clearly, and standing up for yourself in order to make sure your needs are met. It’s also important to practice self-compassion, and to remember that it’s ok to say “no” if something doesn’t feel right.
Boundaries can include emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual boundaries. Emotional boundaries involve setting limits with people, such as not engaging in arguments or drama. Physical boundaries involve respecting physical boundaries and not getting too close to people. Mental boundaries involve maintaining a healthy mental state by avoiding toxic people and situations. Spiritual boundaries involve honoring your beliefs and values, and not allowing others to push you away from them.
Boundaries are essential as they help us create a healthy distance between ourselves and others. This is especially important for empaths, as we are naturally inclined to take on the emotions of those around us. Setting boundaries can provide a sense of safety and security for us, and help us to avoid feeling overwhelmed and drained.
It helps protect our energy and emotions, and allows us to maintain a healthy balance in our relationships with others. It’s a practice that takes time and consistency to master, but it’s worth it in the end.
Cleansing Your Energy
As an empath, it is essential to be aware of your energy and take active steps to cleanse it regularly. This helps to prevent energy overload and creates a sense of balance and inner peace. There are a variety of techniques to cleanse your energy; such as with a pendulum, with a decree or with an aura cleansing meditation. Grounding yourself in nature, meditating, taking breaks during the day, and exercising can also be hugely benefitial to refreshing ourselves. It is also beneficial to practice positive affirmations and visualize a bubble of protection around yourself to keep out any negative energy. Incorporating these practices into your daily routine can help to keep your energy clear and balanced.
Time Alone to Recharge and Understand How You Feel
One of the most important aspects of empath self care is taking time away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of everyday life to recharge. This time alone allows empaths to pause, reflect, and gain clarity on their own emotions and feelings. It provides an opportunity for empaths to check-in with themselves and understand what feelings belong to them and which ones are being absorbed from others.
When taking time for yourself, it is important to choose activities that help you relax and unwind. This could be anything from going for a walk in nature, listening to your favorite music, or meditating. Whatever activity you choose, make sure you are focusing on your breathing, allowing your mind to calm and relax. This will create a space for you to observe, without judgment, any emotions that come up.
Another important aspect of taking time alone is being able to differentiate between your own emotions and those of others. For empaths, it can be difficult to tell the difference. To help with this, it is essential to be mindful of your body. Notice where and how you feel tension, and start to recognize the different feelings that come up. Simply sit with each emotion and observe it, without necessarily trying to change or react to it. When you can identify the emotions that are yours and the emotions that are other’s, you can start to understand how to take better care of yourself.
In addition to taking time alone, empaths should also practice self-compassion. It is easy to be hard on ourselves and criticize our feelings, especially in moments when we are feeling overwhelmed. However, being kind to ourselves and speaking to ourselves with understanding and gentleness is a key part of self-care. It encourages us to pause and check in with our feelings in a non-judgemental way.
Self care is essential the welling of empaths and highly senstivies. Taking time to disconnect from the outside world and focus on our own emotions is an important part of this process. By being mindful of our feelings, setting boundaries with others, and practicing self-compassion, we can ensure that we are taking care of ourselves and protecting our energy.
Jessica is a designer, intuitive & the creator and author of the Soul Spark Journal. Her writings aim to uplift and inspire – encouraging us to connect with our hearts and design our desires for a life that’s true to us.