Written by a F.A.B.U Contributor
Do you consider yourself to be an empathetic person?
Someone who's empathetic is a person who is highly aware of the emotions of the people around them, to the point of feeling those emotions themselves.
Empathetic people are fully present and have an understanding of what someone is going through. They celebrate your accomplishments and feel sad during the heartbreaks. They can take your side when you have problems or hardships. They also can give advice by putting themselves in your shoes to give perspective on your situation.
They pretty much absorb emotions like a sponge, and their mood can change based on the energy of a crowd.
Absorbing other people's emotions by being an empath can be positive, but unfortunately, this can also be emotionally draining.
If you are an empath, not only are you feeling your own emotions, but other people's emotions are also amplifying your feelings as well. This can be exhausting at times, especially when it comes to negative energy.
Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an empath, someone’s negative mood can still affect how you feel. You can't change how you are, but there are ways to channel those amplified emotions, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. This way, you can continue living your life without someone’s bad day always bringing you down.
Remember not to overwhelm yourself
This is a matter of self-awareness and logical thinking. Remember to separate yourself and the different emotions you are picking up on.
Remember to refocus on yourself and detach.
It's good to be sensitive to other people, but remember that your wellness should come first. Try a moment of meditation or give yourself a pep talk to think logically about a situation to detach yourself from the effect of someone else’s emotions. You can also try going for a walk or taking up a hobby you enjoy in order to clear your head and ground yourself.
When it comes to empathy, the best you can do is listen and give a helping hand when needed, but don't forget to refocus and reconnect with yourself. Remember to set personal boundaries in order to detach yourself from absorbing unwanted energy.