What is an Empath
Written by: Dr. DR. CRYSTAL SANCHEZ, PSY.D.
Have you ever felt like being around people was overwhelming, but you couldn’t quite pinpoint why? Do you ever feel fatigued in large crowds and prefer to spend time on your own to recharge?
If so, you may be an empath. An empath senses and absorbs other people’s emotions, and or physical sensations (Orloff, 2017). They have trouble filtering out stimulation from their surroundings, which makes them more prone to feeling overwhelmed. Empaths are highly sensitive individuals who use their intuition to maneuver their way through life. Sometimes it is difficult for empaths to express how they feel or find the right words to identify how they feel. When an empath is overloaded with stress, they may experience depression, excessive fatigue, anxiety, panic, and/or turn to drugs, alcohol, food, or sex for comfort (Orloff, 2017).
Some helpful tips for empaths:
· Take time away from others to re-energize and ground yourself.
· Spend time out in nature by taking a walk, hiking, or immerse yourself in a nourishing environment. Nature does wonders and is very restorative for empaths.
· Prioritize and maintain personal boundaries with others (e.g., say “no” if you feel overloaded).
· Engage in comforting stimulation such as lighting a candle, listening to calming music, meditation, or reading to name a few.
· Tap into any create outlet such as painting, drawing, writing, or any physical activity that suits your soul.
Being an empath does not have to be difficult and draining. There are many helpful ways to maneuver through life without having to absorb other people’s emotional or physical ailments. An empath can learn to hone-in on their strengths and protect their energy. If you find yourself resonating with any of the information in this article, I invite you reach out. I would be honored to work with you side by side in this path towards healing.
Orloff, J. (2017). The empath’s survival guide: Life strategies for sensitive people. Sounds True, Inc.
DR. CRYSTAL SANCHEZ, PSYD., LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST #105555