Being around a lot of people can get intense really fast for an Empath. The more people I am around, the quicker my social battery gets depleted.
It’s also not just about the amount of people I am around. Don’t forget about the length of time spent in other people’s energy too. This is another important element to self care for an Empath.
It took me years to discover my own personal limits and learn to respect them.
Since Empaths help transmute energy (that’s how we were designed to help you), there is a window of time spent with others that if I cross that threshold…I KNOW it! I really start to feel the energy drain and need to hide away to cleanse and re-charge myself.
This is also when I appreciate my pack of healing pups the most. We Empaths love and need our animal friends. They help me when it’s time to re-charge my own energetic battery.
Granted…I use to feel like something was wrong with me because it was so challenging to go into social situations. It was an internal fight for many years and a vicious cycle. I would force myself to do the social things society programmed me to believe was “normal” and “healthy”.
Ultimately I ended up draining my energy reserves and needing to hide out with my pups.
My 15 year Social Work career was excruciating for me and often left me feeling depleted and feeling the symptoms of those I was trying to help. I did not understand why until just a few years ago.
So, ultimately, a large chunk of my life I fought AGAINST who I was and who I came to this Earth to be. I was trying to fit into world that I was never suppose to “fit into” in the first place.
Accepting who I am & why I am here came over years of focusing on my own inner healing and spiritual growth. Doing that work was the best decision I could have every made. It opened my eyes to things that many living the worldly way never see. It allowed me to love and appreciate myself and what I bring to my relationships and contribute to the collective energy of the world.
I love that we are all individuals with different gifts, skills, abilities, and missions for this life. We are all gifted in our own way and came here to contribute something special to the here and now.
That being said:
Do not ever compare yourself, or your journey to someone else.
You are you & were created perfectly.
Do not feel like you need to keep up any pace with your friend, co-worker, spouse, or neighbor. Remember…they all have their own calling for being on the planet right now too, which may be quite different than yours.
Just keep living your truth, following your intuition, and be the best you that you can be.
Protect your energy. You do not have to stay in any situation that drains you.
Live life with a joyful & grateful heart.
Love and nurture the Earth, the animals, each other.
Everything else will fall into place.