Tips for Being an Empath
I’ve always been a deep-feeling person. It took me a while to really understand why the moods of people around me had so deeply affected me, but in my twenties, I learned that I had empathic abilities.
Since then, I’ve come to understand deeply what it means to be empathic and I am of the belief that anyone can be empathic and truly feel what it means to be clairsentient.
I am writing this post to show you how to deal with everyday life as an empath. As you may already know, it’s not always easy to feel what others are feeling, so hopefully, these tips will help make the day-to-day easier for you emotionally.
How to Tell if You’re an Empath
Clairsentients have a tendency to feel very deeply. If you find yourself often depressed over current world events, are an emotionally wreck while watching harrowing events on your favorite television shows, or have a hard time getting over sad events in others lives, then you may be an empath. There’s a lot going on in the world today and most people might feel emotional about it, but if you feel DEEPLY affected by it, let’s take a look at some steps that you can take to ease things a bit.
Meditation is Important
In my opinion, there isn’t a better way to emotionally cleanse yourself than simply taking the time to meditate deeply. Meditation is an excellent way to reassess and find how YOU feel about things versus what others might feel about things. Take a deep breath, sit down somewhere (I like to sit in the Japanese Seiza pose), and think about what’s happening in your mind and in your life. It’s important to breathe evenly and not focus on things that make you feel negative. With that said, it is important that you are thinking and not just resting, as thinking provides some of the best insight that you can have as an empath.
As a spiritualist, I also often find myself praying when I need guidance. This doesn’t mean that you have to pray to the Judeo-Christian God, but simply opening your mind up to the greater universe can really help you cope with the experience of being an empath.
Avoid the News and Social Media
This one is hard, and I have to admit, I sometimes break the rules when it comes to social media because of its ability to help me catch up on the lives of my loved ones. In any situation, you should avoid these two things when possible. Honestly, there are a lot of negative things happening in the world today – no matter your affiliation, and with so much pain and anger going around, it’s easy for an empath to feel a bit overstrained. Negative and sad things are our greatest weakness and can make life almost unbearable for an empath, so take these things in severe moderation so that you don’t get bogged down.
People with strong empathic abilities can even feel physical pain from the suffering and anger of others, so it’s important to avoid these negative feelings when we can.
Try to Laugh When Things Get Too Heavy
You can’t always avoid the negative feelings of others, and while these feelings can be devastating for an empath, it’s possible to subsume them through the best medicine: laughter. When I’m being overwhelmed by some of the emotions of those around me, I will bring out one of my favorite comedies of all time Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles. It always makes me feel better when I’ve had time to laugh and enjoy the silly situations that life can present to us in a comedy.
Understand That You Can't Help Everyone Feel Less Sad
This is the hardest truth for an empath. Simply put, we can’t help everyone. There are millions of people who pass through our lives and helping them would be nice, but it isn’t really realistic. Understand that you’ll feel the pain of others frequently and you can help when you can, but sometimes, you’ll have to leave some other’s happiness to the universe. This is where I find that meditation helps the most; it lets me put aside the pain of others and focus on myself when things get too heavy.