Learning I am an empath and highly sensitive person was one of the best things that has happened to me and learning how to care for myself as one has helped me become more me.
I used to think there was something wrong with me when I was little and didn't enjoy being around lots of people and noise, unlike everybody else. I'd hate the fact that foods and drinks seemed to affect me so much more than others. I wondered why public transport drained me so much and think I was being weak or pathetic when I came off it feeling totally wiped, or angry, or all over the place. I felt it when others were in a bad mood and if there was tension in the office, I would feel low for the rest of the day. I couldn't (and still can't) stand small talk, so often used alcohol to help me get through it. I find it often takes a lot of my energy to do things, more than others, even if they physically don’t take much time. I questioned why I was unable to handle seemingly normal day-to-day situations without feeling completely drained. It was like I didn't have control over how I was feeling a lot of the time.
But on the other hand, being sensitive has allowed me to empathise with others. Really feel a connection and understand what they are going through. To offer an understanding ear, to help provide solutions and see their bigger picture.
As an empath, I also often find myself going through heightened emotions and feelings in response to what's going on in the world, compared to many of my peers. I learned, and am still learning, how easily I absorb what's going on around me and how it affects me. I have to remind myself that sometimes the feelings I'm feeling aren't my own and that I need to do things to clear my energy regularly as well as ground myself. Things like meditation and visualisations, walks in nature and showers/baths. But it's actually doing the actions when I'm in the moment of feeling low, which can sometimes be hard.
Can you relate? Are you an empath?
(From my upcoming book, EMBODIED, link in bio)
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