Emotional Self Care for Empaths and What You Need to Know
Are you an empath? Have you considered the idea that emotional self care for empaths is extremely important.
It’s no longer about you toughening and trying to fit in. You see, daily life and interactions with others are similar to bumper cars. All of us bump up against each other energetically. As an empath you are super sensitive to that. It can leave you wondering how to take care of yourself energetically and emotionally.
Because as an empath you are super sensitive to energy. And the flow of energy. What are you aware of it? Self care for empaths involves not only mastering your energy but honoring your sensitivities.
In this article I want to share self care for empaths and how to take care of yourself emotionally by understanding energy.
Is the World a Big Bad Place?
I’d like to think that the world is a wonderful place. None the less, each of us has our own agenda, things we want to do in our lives. As an empath you may experience someone’s agenda bumping up against your desires. This creates resistance for you in reaching your goals. And also tension in your body. Especially if you don’t know how to take care of yourself emotionally.
This resistance is part of life. That’s why self care as an empath and and understanding energy is so important. Your aura, the energy field around you, can contract and become, in a sense, dented. You can then feel out of balance, lethargic, depressed, and confused.
Understanding energy dynamics is part of self care for empaths. And also understand what healthy boundaries are. Establishing healthy boundaries creates healthy relationships.
Healthy Boundaries is How You Protect Yourself as an Empath
Establishing healthy boundaries require self-awareness. Having a sense of self-love is also important because it gives you the strength and will to set healthy boundaries in the first place.
If you’re not used to setting healthy boundaries, doing so is a building block for creating a deeper sense of self-love. Especially if you are a people pleaser, empath or highly sensitive person.
When you have greater self-esteem and self-love, your interactions become life-enhancing instead of life-depleting. You’re able to energetically protect yourself. You won’t inappropriately take on other people’s problems or issues as your own.
Awareness of your inner world, your feelings, and your needs creates an energetic boundary. This is all part of knowing how to take care of yourself emotionally and is the basis of self care for empaths.
How to Keep Your Energy Field Strong as an Empath
In addition, expressing and communicating your needs to others in a productive and heart-centered way is an important part of knowing how to care for yourself as an empath and keep your energy field strong.
Keeping your energy field strong protects you from getting pulled into something that’s not in your highest good. You’re still loving and supportive, however, you maintain a clear sense of self.
You won’t fall prey to becoming a rescuer, being dominated, over-controlling, over-emotional, manipulative or losing yourself in relationship. These are qualities of a dysfunctional relationship that will leave you feeling disempowered and drained.
And as an empath you are here to role model a soften, gentler more compassionate way of being. Establishing your own self care and cultivating a strong sense of self will help you lead the way.
But you may not have learned how to take care of yourself emotionally and establish a strong sense of self. Keeping your energy field intact by setting healthy boundaries hasn’t been commonly taught or role modeled. Because of this, it is easy to take on other people’s energy as our own.
If you are a woman, anatomically, you were designed to bear children. This inherently gives you caretaking and nurturing qualities. Those qualities can leave you vulnerable to becoming codependent if you haven’t done the inner work to take care of yourself emotionally and create healthy boundaries in your relationships. Your needs easily get buried because you are tending to others needs too much.
Empaths have a hard time knowing what’s theirs and what’s anothers. Self care as an empowered empath requires you to gain that skill.
Have you ever…
- Lost yourself in a relationship?
- Sacrificed your needs for the needs of another beyond normal caring?
- Looked to others for approval when you really needed to accept yourself?
- Said yes when you wanted to say no.
- Pretended everything was ok when you were actually hurting inside.
Imagine what that does to your body’s energy field, let alone your identity and power. It is always good to give to others, but when you don’t take care of your own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs first, you are unable to give to others in a healthy way.
Relationships are Everything
Relationships are everything. “Aho Mitakuye Oyasin” is a Lakota Indian term meaning “All My Relations.” It acknowledges our inter-connectedness. Healthy relationships are inter-dependent rather than codependent.
You can only establish healthy relationships if you know how to take care of yourself emotionally and energetically protect yourself.
Relationships affect you. Whether you are in a love relationship or not, you are “in relationship.” You are in relationship with your parents, siblings, and coworkers, to name a few. Most important, you are in relationship with yourself. If you want to have healthy relationships, it is crucial to have healthy energetic boundaries.
Practicing healthy boundaries enables you to maintain a healthy energy field around your body. You won’t get drained and lose your pep for life when you know how to take care of yourself emotionally and set healthy boundaries for yourself.
Victim and Perpetrator
Unhealthy relationships lack the necessary amount of communication, cooperation, and co-creation to make life enjoyable. Typically one person supports and even enables another’s addiction or destructive behavior. They become co-dependent, becoming the rescuer thinking they are being helpful. Being pre-occupied with another’s needs gives them a sense of self.
Codependents are often victims. A victim needs a perpetrator. Energetically, the perpetrator dominates your energy field. Your energy field is contracting and becoming smaller. On an energetic level, you would see a small energy field being overcome by a larger energy field. The larger energy field is not all of that person’s energy. The perpetrator is “taking” your energy.
You can also take on other’s emotions, become over-emotional, erratic, or agitated simply because you are connected to someone unable to express their feelings. They have no idea how to take care of themselves emotionally. Energetically you become the responsible party.
Maintaining Your Bright Energy
Most of us take a shower on a regular basis, if not daily. If you are healthy, you brush your teeth regularly too. When you take care of yourself emotionally and set healthy boundaries, it is like brushing away the buildup of daily “bumper car” life. It is important to address built up relationship tension.
If you didn’t brush your teeth, you would have tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease. If you never took a shower, you would have an unpleasant body odor and a layer of grime coating your body. Others might not find it very pleasant to be around you, and you probably wouldn’t feel good in your body, either.
The same happens if you don’t cleanse your energy field on a regular basis by setting healthy boundaries and taking care of yourself emotionally. Built-up tension, stress, and emotions will cling to your body and energy field. You can easily become confused and lack clarity in your relationships.
How To Take Care With Boundaries Not Barricades
Relationship dynamics can take on different energetics. In a love relationship, this is often the case. As a result, it takes a tremendous amount of self-love, self-nurturing, and healthy boundary-setting to bring your energy field back in balance.
Establishing healthy boundaries can be challenging, but it is a must in order to keep your body’s energy field bright, live in your truth, and not lose yourself in a relationship. One of the challenges is determining when a boundary becomes a barricade. What is the balance between self-care and caring for others?
What if you’re a mom, caring for your child? Or maybe you’re a caregiver for your aging parent. You are giving to those who are dependant upon you. It’s important to know how to take care of yourself while caring for others.
It can be difficult to identify a healthy boundary. It is similar to walking a tightrope. There is a fine line between you and others, especially those close to you. Our interconnectedness helps us to learn from each other. That is why it is important to ongoingly cultivate a sense of self which is an important part of knowing how to take care of yourself emotionally.
Keeping the integrity of your energy and staying centered requires that you care for it just as you care for your body, your teeth, or your hair. Try to recognize what happens when your energy shifts downward or contracts due to interactions with others.
Take the necessary steps to go inward to discover and acknowledge your needs. Then voice your truth from your heart and energetically stay centered. This will keep your energy field in a state of integrity.
Your Relationships Will Improve
As you learn healthy boundaries and get in touch with yourself emotionally, your body’s energy field will expand. Because you now know how to take care of yourself by understanding energy. You’ll develop more compassion for yourself and others. Your relationships will improve.
You’ll experience more joy in your relationships because you’ve learned to process uncomfortable emotions and the associated dysfunctional behaviors that otherwise bring you down. Your relationships won’t become tainted and toxic. Your energy field will be bright, powerfully invincible and pure.
I’m Anna-Thea, an author and educator. I can teach you how to set healthy boundaries in your relationships. And you’ll feel more vitally alive because of it. If you would like to find out more about my teachings check out my online courses.