Empaths are highly sensitive. Because of their high sensitivity, they are affected by people’s energies. When they are in close proximity to someone who feels down, they suddenly feel down too. They also feel the pain, anxiety and anger of the person next to them and are overwhelmed by the heaviness of these emotions.
If you are an empath, then you know how it feels. Sometimes, it becomes so overwhelming that you just want to stop feeling the energy coming from every direction. How do you shield yourself from being bombarded by emotions, pain and energy of the people around you?
Here are 4 ways empaths can protect themselves:
Recognize that you are an empath
Have you ever been accused of being too sensitive? Have you ever felt so moved by something that you started to cry? Have you had a conversation with a stranger and know that the person is sad or anxious, even without them saying a word? If any of these rings true for you, you may be an empath.
When you get a better understanding of your true nature, it would be easier for you to recognize that the emotions you are feeling may not be yours, but from those around you.
Set boundaries with others
As wonderful as it is to be connected with people, it becomes troublesome when everyone else’s problems and emotions seep in and influence your behavior, habits and decisions. As an empath, it is important to maintain healthy boundaries.
Similar to taking a shower to wash off dirt and sweat, you also need to cleanse the negative energy that you have picked up. Smudge yourself regularly to clear your energy and release other people’s energy from your body. Sweetgrass, lavender, cedar and sage can be used for smudging. Make sure that you like the smell of the smudge. Otherwise, it can make you feel nauseous or heady.
Empaths can use crystals to ease the emotional and energetic burdens in their lives. They can also soak up your stresses and provide you with some amplified energy you need.
Labradorite helps by preventing you from absorbing the issues that are being shared with you. Malachite will absorb all those negative feelings and emotions you may have absorbed. Meanwhile, Rose Quartz will give you unconditional love if you’re feeling down or heartbroken.