I’m not sure when I first learned that I was an empath, but when I did, it changed my life. I first noticed that I was different from others when I would cry at situations that were not my own. For example, when a friend of mine was going through a breakup, or a character in a book lost their father, I would go through a period of heartbreak and would find myself taking on the feeling of either that friend or that book character. After helping someone through a problem, I would return home feeling heavy, weighed down, and in a way, felt like I needed a long bath or a good cleansing. I hated feeling this way, because I’ve always loved helping others. I’ve been increasingly interested in becoming a therapist or a life coach, hoping to guide people through their pain and help them reach a place of healing and love. And yet, when I did take time to help others, I’d feel empty, and low. Helping others, despite it being one of my passions, simply drained me.
Since learning that I am an empath, however, I’ve slowly worked to accommodate my sensitive feelings. I have taken on healthy coping mechanisms and, through mindfulness, have worked to tune into my feelings and have learned to remind myself that most of my strong feelings are not my own, and I am allowed to separate myself from them. In this post, I’ll be sharing 6 ways to clear energy and protect yourself as an empath.
However, before we begin, what is an empath?
Empaths are highly sensitive people who take on other’s feelings as their own. With higher levels of empathy, they are great friends and love helping others, but their subconscious often believes that other’s problems are their own when trying to relate to them or working through them. In turn, empaths take on emotions and even energies of those around them. An empath may feel overwhelmed by crowds or loud energy, may sense when tension is in the air, usually has a strong intuition and can see through people, and craves lots of time to recharge. I like to describe empaths as people who leave the house with nothing, then return with a necklace, a backpack full of stories, and someone else’s shoe, and they have to take time to get rid of it all before going out again.
Empaths are not too different from Highly Sensitive People, which I have touched on briefly before. Highly Sensitive People are sensitive to loud sounds, strong smells, and intense feelings.
6 ways to clear energy as an empath
1) Tap away the feelings
EFT tapping is my favorite method for releasing and clearing energy that may have latched onto me. For more on EFT tapping, check out my latest post: A dive into EFT tapping, and how it has helped me.
2) Practice mindfulness
By practicing mindfulness, you can become more in-tune with your emotions. So, if a situation is overwhelming you, or you feel heavy after a conversation, you can pick up on that and understand that the feeling is not your own, but something that is latching onto you. When in a situation where you feel low or heavy, maybe practice some deep breathing and return to your center. Also, you can be aware of which people make you feel low and drained, and which people uplift you and make you feel energized!
For more on this topic, read my post: Tuning into our emotions to connect with ourselves
3) Visualize your shield or bubble
Before leaving for an event or a place in which I know my energy might be affected, I visualize a shield or a bubble all around me. I close my eyes and just for a few moments, imagine a golden aura wrapping around my energy field. If I start feeling weighed down, I visualize this shield again and remind myself that nothing can enter or leave. Of course, this doesn’t help 100%, but it helps me reclaim my power and the importance of protecting myself and my feelings.
4) Allow yourself time to recharge
There is nothing wrong with needing some time to be with yourself to recharge. Start a warm bath, pick up a good book, or simply sit in stillness and allow your emotions, your crazed mind, to rest. As an empath, it is important to spend some time alone, especially in nature, to fuel yourself with positive, calming energy.
5) Journal it out
While I don’t journal everyday, the act of journaling helps me release any emotions or stressors and return to my center. When I can’t quite understand my funk, I take out my journal and start writing. I jot down what I’m feeling, what happened prior to my feelings, and everything going on that may have caused them. This helps me to find a connection or a source to my emotion, which I can then clear. I also love writing creatively and funneling my emotions that way. By doing this, I can create meaning in my fiction worlds.
6) Separate yourself from the emotion with guided meditation techniques
There are many different meditations that can be used for releasing and clearing emotions. One that I do often is imagining that my ankle is tied to a rock, and that rock symbolizes my heavy emotions. I try to walk forward, but I remain stuck in place, no matter how hard I pull away. It isn’t until I pull out a large pair of scissors and snip the cord that I free myself. I then imagine myself sprinting away, feeling free, light, and happy.
For more meditations on clearing energy, check out this Empath Meditation by The Adult Chair.
I hope you enjoyed this brief post on empaths! Are you an empath yourself? Let me know in the comments!