Self-Care Practices for Empaths
Empaths are deeply sensitive people who are highly attuned to the emotions and energy of others. They can easily take on the emotions of others as their own. So, if you have ever felt like your personality almost continuously attracts those who need guidance and help in life — you may be an empath. If you’re someone with these traits, it’s easy to become mentally and emotionally exhausted by other people’s problems and worries. And because as an empath you are so engrossed in other people’s problem, self-care might be the last thing on your mind. Thankfully, you don’t have to stay in this overwhelming state; you might even be able to prevent it by following these simple self-care practices.
Create a grounding routine. This is one of the best self-care practices empaths can use to calm their sensitive systems. It could look like: having the same sleep and wake up times; taking a walk every morning or listening to the same weekly podcast. What kind of nourishing anchors can you include in your day or week? You can jot down a few of the activities that come to mind and then make sure to set reminders on your phone. This gives you something calming to look forward to and helps you stabilize and soothe your energy.
Create daily buffers. Empaths should think of this self-care tip as “cocooning your sensitive system to create a buffer against overstimulation. This can help you avoid unnecessary drama each day to help your batteries recharge. These, too, can be simple gestures, such as: “reading an uplifting book before bed, solving a puzzle with the kids, or snuggling with a pet and watching an episode of your favourite comedy.
Create a sanctuary at home. This involves creating a space in your home where you can just relaxand not think about all the problems in the world. This could be a large space like a reading area, a bathroom with a bath tub, or a place outside your house that’s quiet and peaceful. In this pace, empaths should be able to put on soothing music, light up some candles and spray calming lavender essential oil.
Enter observer mode. Instead of absorbing people’s energies and emotions, take a step back and pull back your own energy and emotions. Try to protect yourself by telling yourself that what the other person is going through is not your burden to carry. So, instead of you feeling with the person or trying to change their emotion, get curious, making sure to stay in your head versus your heart. This gives them a safe space to process their emotions.
Safeguard your sensitivities. Empaths hate disappointing the people around them and for this reason, they might find it hard to say no. Sometimes, people who are close to you empath might take advantage of your kindness and inability to say no. If someone asks too much of you, politely tell them “no.” It’s not necessary to explain why. As the saying goes, “No is a complete sentence.”
If you’re an empath you may fear or try to reduce their sensitivity because you think that your sensitivity prevents you from handling certain challenges in life and in relationships. You might even see it as a burden or a nuisance. However, your empathic nature is an asset. A gift. The key is to find ways to manage your sensitivity, taking compassionate care of yourself.