The holiday season is drawing near and you know what that means:
Anxious holiday shoppers. Frantic people late to parties. Angry people talking about politics.
And you’ll feel it all. Like a mad rush of adrenaline pumping through your veins, you’ll feel the drama as though it’s your own.
Sometimes being an empath is a little less like a blessing, and a little more like a curse.
The Challenges of Being an Empath
You know you’re an empath if you feel other people’s emotions, moods, and/or physical sensations as though they’re your own.
The first time I became aware of my empathic nature, I was teaching a dreamwork class when I suddenly felt dizzy. I looked around the room and my eyes landed on a student.
“How are you feeling?” I asked her.
“Dizzy.” She replied.
As soon as she said it, I no longer felt dizzy and my inner balance returned. It was her dizziness I was feeling, not my own. It was a major a-ha moment.
Being an empath is a great gift, once you know how to work with it. Despite my rocky beginnings, today I’m able to use my empathic abilities to help my clients more easily navigate everything from their relationship with money to their relationship with their partners.
Until you know how to use your gifts, though, being an empath creates problems because you may feel other people’s:
- upset stomach
- stiff shoulders
Not only do you experience it in your own body, you can confuse the sensation for your own. You might think the anxiety is your own anxiety, or the upset stomach your own upset stomach. You may not realize the source is the person next to you, or even the person a thousand miles away, and that makes everything more complicated.
The Holiday Survival Guide for Empaths
If you’re an empath, the holiday season may be a mix of joyful celebration and soul-sucking exhaustion. To help you navigate the season, I created the Holiday Survival Guide for Empaths.
Here’s a link: Holiday Survival Guide for Empaths