Managing Anxiety As An Empath (Especially in uncertain times)

Of course not only empaths are at risk of experiencing anxiety, but we do have a tendency to be more susceptible to “taking on” the energies and problems of the world and those around us.  We are affected deeply by the things going on in our society, in our community, and around the world.

Traits of an empath

  • Empaths experience others pain as their own and may have trouble separating the emotions of someone else from internal struggles.
  • Because empaths are so in tune with the emotions of others, they also experience love and joy in a significantly meaningful way.
  • Empaths tend to be highly sensitive. This may be viewed as a weakness in our society, but it is actually a gift that makes them extremely compassionate and understanding.
  • Empaths may be highly intuitive, and when they listen to their gut can be powerful influencers and agents for change.
  • Empaths need alone time to recharge and usually feel replenished after spending time in nature.
  • Empaths typically feel the desire to “save the world” and are at risk of becoming overly invested in issues that are out of their control. Empaths are at risk of being taken advantage of for the same reason. Empaths benefit from setting firm boundaries and taking the time to focus on self-care.

Tips For Empaths (and everyone) Trying To Manage Anxiety During These Crazy Times

  • Limit exposure to the media (mainstream and social media). Stay informed with facts, but avoid scrolling all day long.
  • If you are going to post on social media, be mindful of what you are putting out there. Are you amplifying panic and engaging in fear mongering?  Empower yourself and others by spreading positivity and hope.
  • Focus on the positive. There are good things going on in the world.  What’s important to you?  Use the internet to research those things and discuss with other people.
  • Do the things that make you feel happy and grounded.  Breathe in fresh air.  Take a walk.  Dance.  Practice Yoga.  Read.  Bake the cookies.
  • Get out of your head by taking action. Write a letter to an old friend.  Play that game with your kid for the fifth time.  Call your grandma.  Call your friend’s grandma.
  • Take the opportunity you have right now to slow down. Life can be so busy and fast-paced.  What a gift to be able to take your time throughout the day, be more mindful, and appreciate the simple things.

 

Author: Meredith Futernick, LMHC, LPC, CCHT, ERYT200
Meredith Futernick is a licensed counselor, clinical hypnotherapist, and yoga instructor.  She works with clients via video, phone, and chat; helping them manage anxiety and change patterns.  If you are interested in booking a session with Meredith, check out her website at SenseOfSelfHolistic.com.

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