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Why it’s important to protect your energy as an empath + 14 easy ways to do it

How to protect yourself from getting overwhelmed by other people

Being an empath means being highly sensitive to the energies around you. People, places, objects, events and environments all have a profound effect on how you feel.

Being open to so much information all the time can easily send you on an emotional rollercoaster. Not in the least because very few people truly understand how deeply affected you can be.

Commuting to work used to be my hellfire. Being on the underground in the press of morning rush hour made me feel claustrophobic, and on the rare occasion I wasn’t shielded by my big headphones, reading a book or playing games on my phone, I was talking myself down from a panic attack.

But if the sunlight happened to reflect in a particular way off of the tall buildings surrounding the station as I got out, I could easily be captivated and stop to admire it, being transported away from the stress and anxiety for a moment.

Until the bag of someone who was running late would clip me and their irritation would wash over me. My brow set in a scowl I’d get to work, yank on my uniform and furiously chew gum until I got up to my floor where I put on that final porcelain mask and gritted my teeth, ready to start my shift.

Back then I didn’t know how to protect myself from all the impulses and information the world was throwing at me. And that’s one of the most important things you need to learn if you want to live a life where you aren’t constantly overwhelmed and exhausted.

Here I’ve listed 14 things you can easily incorporate into your daily routine and use whenever you need to feel more secure in yourself.

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What’s the deal with bodywork (and should I try it)?

What is bodywork (and should I try it)?

All forms of bodywork, from massage to acupuncture and movement therapies, are a physical and emotional check-in, verging on a form of self-study. They are a way to get to know your outer shell, your body, on a deeper level and discover old sheaths of tension and trauma that have been hidden from plain view.

The benefits you get from having your body worked on are many, like increased circulation, muscle relaxation, the activation of your parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the rest-and-digest function of your body, which speeds up the body’s natural healing process.

Sometimes it takes having someone else’s hands on your body to even notice that something feels off. Just like yoga, bodywork allows you to become more aware of your body, and more aware of yourself in space. And bodywork is a wonderful complement to your exercise routine, helping you to recover faster and more deeply while also improving sleep, boosting immunity, increasing mental clarity, alleviating headaches, reducing depression and simply to relax.

The more tired and worn out we feel by just living daily life, the more we should start piling on the self-care.

We’ve all tried yoga and meditation at some point because those are the most well-known self-care practices (plus everyone and their goats are doing it). But there’s also a whole list of other stuff you can try in order to tap into your body’s natural restorative state in order to feel better.

Some forms of bodywork you might already be familiar with, such as acupuncture, while others that are more out there – like urine therapy – never really caught on (with good reason, too!).

While the verdict is still out on what level of fru-fru is socially acceptable in the trends you choose to go with, many of these alternative therapies can be pretty damn relaxing as well as help you to feel better and to heal.

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How are you supposed to ground yourself if you’re searching in the branches for something that can only be found in the roots?

Grounding exercises for empaths

Wouldn’t it be nice to go through life with a deep sense of calm and rarely think about the “what ifs”?

To have a sense of being fully embodied, whole, centred and balanced in yourself and your relationships and having a deeper connection to your authentic self?

Be in complete control of your mental and emotional self and not be easily influenced by other ideas and individuals?

Life repeats itself mindlessly – unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.

Birth is followed by death, death is followed by birth; love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love; success is followed by failure, failure is followed by success. Just see!

If you cling to the edge of the wheel you can get dizzy! Move toward the center of the cyclone and relax, knowing that this too will pass.

In the Native American cultures the wheel represents the four directions in the physical world and each direction symbolises a part of you. The north represents the mind, the south the heart, the east the place of spirit and the west represents the body.

Knowing how to get back to the centre and balance yourself again is an essential life skill.

When you’re grounded, you’re in complete control of your mental and emotional self, and not easily influenced by other ideas or individuals. When you’re grounded life’s small mishaps tend to just roll off you like water off a duck.

This achieving the centre, being grounded in one’s self, is about the lightest state a human being can achieve.

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Do you have what it takes to turn your pain into power?

Never regret a day in your life.

The thing about success is, that we don’t achieve it despite feeling pain. We achieve it because we experience pain.

Now, I know this sounds like the short end of the stick – it kind of is – but if we spend our lives running away from the pain we’re never going to benefit from it.

Life has a funny way of always coming back at us with the lessons that we didn’t learn the first time around. If you turn a blind eye and a deaf ear, life will double up and hammer at that wall you built with two catapults instead of one.

So, success isn’t defined by how well you avoid painful situations and uncomfortable conversations. It’s defined by what you do after you’ve been through the ringer – and how you take that pain and turn it into an invaluable lesson that will propel you forward in life.

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Do you feel like you’re drifting aimlessly through life? Use these 5 steps do discover your core values

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck quote Mark Manson

Your values are a powerful thing. Even though they’re “just ideas” they shape your life and are the underlying root cause to most of your decisions.

Knowing your own core values will guide you towards a more meaningful and satisfying life. It reduces stress, improves your health, problem-solving skills and drives you to make better decisions. Connecting with your values revs up your willpower and makes you persist in the face of difficulty.

You will be both more assertive and more compassionate, have more confidence and make better choices in life and career alike.

When you honour your personal core values consistently, you experience fulfilment. When you don’t, you’ll feel like your life isn’t compatible with who you are and like you have no control over your own happiness. You’ll also be more likely to escape into bad habits and regress into childish behaviour to uplift yourself.

How much longer can you afford to wait before finding your core values?

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