Do you experience empathic overwhelm?
The other day I was out doing some errands, and it was going pretty well.
I went to one store and that was fine.
I went to a second store, and that was okay too.
But by the time I got to the third store, I had exhausted my empathy quotient for the day.
I had to skip that last store.
I needed to get home–or at the very least to some quiet place where the energy of "everything" was not quite so apparent.
If you're an empath, you know this phenomenon well.
You are used to "reading" everyone the moment they come into your field.
You read the person in the parking lot—their vibe, their preoccupation, their anger.
You read the person in line next to you—their energy, their emotions, their life story.
You read the cashier checking you out—their story, their exhaustion, their fear.
And a a certain point, empathic overwhelm happens, because you can't turn your sensitivity off. You can't become less aware than you are.
I've been this way since I was small. Back then, it was called "shy" or "overly sensitive". Thank goodness we're getting a better understanding of what this open-to-everything awareness really is.
If you are empathic, please be kind to yourself.
Your beautiful empathic self knows exactly how much of "everything" you can take before you need a break. Trust this.
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