How to Handle World Events as an Empath
Updated: Sep 17, 2020
As an empath, emotions are hyper-sensitive and raw for you. One’s emotions become your own and if you are new to this gift, you might be mistaking these emotions as your own. It can be confusing, so it’s important to understand this characteristic of yours and how to control it, especially during hard times.
With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the recent protests of #BlackLivesMatter, it’s a lot for anyone to take in, but even more so for an empath. Many people have been struggling more with their mental health during this time. In fact, many have reported that "worry or stress related to the Coronavirus outbreak has caused them to experience at least one negative effect on their mental health and well-being, such as problems with sleeping or eating, increased alcohol use, or worsening chronic conditions."
Most of the time, people are coming to you to vent or for advice. Little do they know is that you are absorbing their fears, doubts, and emotions along the way. We believe that mental health awareness is crucial in times like this, but so is being mindful of what is happening around us. We are sharing how you can remain socially aware of world events around you but remain grounded as an empath below.
Create a Safe & Private Space
Whether you are alone or not, it’s important to have space in your house that is completely separate from the world around you. In this space, you can have incense, candles, crystals, palo santo, and/or sage to cleanse your area. All that matters is that you feel safe in this area and you can go to it whenever you need to.
Cry it Out
It is okay to be sad with society. Things have not been easy and every day a new matter arises. Sometimes the best release is to just cry it out as it allows you to release any emotion that doesn’t serve you. Crying doesn’t make you weak or a baby. You carry so much on your heart, there are only a few ways to release it.
Build a Self-Care Routine
This one is a little different from your self-care skincare routine. When you feel overwhelmed with emotions, this is the routine you fall back on. Some routines can include mediation, journaling, taking a cleansing bath, or doing some yoga and stretching. It is said that Epsom salt in a bath can cleanse the energy of your day and remove anything negative. It’s important to have a routine you can go back to if you know you’ve absorbed too much and it’s causing you pain.
Limit Your Circle
You know you absorb someone’s energy therefore why suffer around their vibe? If someone is draining in your life, you have to be choosy in who you surround yourself with. It’s absolutely true that the people around you influence you. It’s especially true for empaths. If you want to remain a positive person, you need to surround yourself with positive people.
Be Aware, but Stay Mindful
Everything happening in the world is important for the foundation of our future. However, taking on too much can cause you more harm than good. We need to be aware of the current situations of the world, but that doesn’t mean you need to sit through your friend
complaining about how they can’t make their vacation. While you may feel insensitive for limiting your intake of sorrow, you want to be picky about what you’re absorbing. Yes, take in facts about the current situation, listen to voices speaking their minds, and voicing their pain. When it starts taking a toll on you physically (as most empaths experience), take a brief break. You want to be informed and have your own opinion, but you do not want to be guided in someone else’s emotions.
Make Alone Time a Priority
The best way to recharge is to be by yourself. You can do all the steps above and just channel your own thoughts and emotions. Taking a step back from all of it doesn’t make you insensitive or naive but in control of your mental health. It’s a lot to feel everything that is going on. You are still human and you need to be in the best health to show up for the world; that requires a grounded mental state.
As an empath, you carry other’s emotions on your heart and it is beautiful. It is the most compassionate act a person can perform, but it can leave you an emotional mess. We hope that these tips can help you navigate through everything that is going on in the world.
For ways to help out during the Black Lives Matter movement, click HERE.