As a self-proclaimed empath, I have found that when I am around others I needed to learn ways to protect my energy, and now I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you!
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I always knew that other people drained me more than filled my cup. Rudimentarily, I would simply say that I didn’t like people. Who would like something that always drained you?
Now that I’m older, however, I’ve learned that I am sensitive to other people’s energy, sometimes called an empath. My husband was always shocked that I would always pick up on his mood (before we were married when we were just friends) and I remember always shrugging.
If you identify with that feeling and types of situations like that appear in your own life, you might be an empath too! So I’ve compiled a list of seven ways to protect your energy as an empath to help you guide your own journey better.
Ways to Protect Your Energy As An Empath
7. Set the intention.
Especially in situations that you think will be triggering for you, set a positive intention for the event ahead of time.
6. Protect Your energy, cross your legs or arms.
Physically crossing your arms and legs can signal your brain to protect your energy, making you feel safe and loved.
5. Learn how to say no.
This is a tip from my book Miracles Now, and it will help you establish boundaries by becoming more comfortable saying no. My friend Latham Thomas has a simple yet profound saying that serves me well: “‘No’ is a complete sentence.”Gabby Bernstein
4. Take time to restore your energy afterward.
Take a bath, listen to soothing music, read a book. Or if you’re like me, write a book too!
3. Practice mindfulness to stay in tune with your energy.
Use an app, the breathe app on your watch, or have an alarm set for every hour to remind you to stay present in the moment. I find this to be one of the best ways to protect your energy as an empath.
2. Be aware of your triggers and have a plan.
Have a trusted individual that you can signal to get you out of uncomfortable situations. Come up with a secret signal, safe word, or text message that will alert the other person. Excuse yourself to the bathroom, cross your arms and legs, or make an excuse.
Another of my favorite ways to protect your energy as an empath is to have something like a ring you can twirl on your finger when you’re nervous or uncomfortable. I personally have a rutilated quartz around my neck at all times that I can depend on when I need it.
You matter too!
Of all of the ways to protect your energy as an empath the best is to remember that you matter too! I think that many healers, teachers, givers, bringers of light are often empaths.
With the distinction, I have found in my own life that it was always so easy to give, give, give until there was nothing left. That is only a recipe for disaster! It only leads to burnout or worse.
Remember that you are allowed to say ‘no’, that your feelings are just as important as anyone else’s, and that you can’t fill from an empty cup! Find things that make you happy and restore your energy without draining you more or anyone else for that matter!
If you’re a fellow writer, writing books has been a great way for me to get out any bad energy I may have picked up along the way and restore my own source of energy.