So it has been a long time since my last post. I’ve been at a loss for what to write about and been really stressed out and just down in the dumps lately. After thinking about it for awhile, I decided that was exactly what I needed to write about.
If you’ve read my post about Empaths, you’ll know that empathic people are extremely sensitive to the energy of the world. There have been so many awful things happening in the world lately that it’s easy to feel entirely overwhelmed and helpless. There are a few signs of Empath Burnout to be aware of and I’ll explain how to work towards healing yourself.
1. Your empathy has been replaced by numbness. A sudden lack of compassion or empathy towards your surroundings is a sure sign of burnout.
2. Emotional and mental exhaustion. This can make you feel overwhelmed and emotionally drained. Can also make your responsibilities and problems feel impossible to overcome. You may feel trapped in this situation and that you can’t do anything about it. Physical signs can include body aches, fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, or insomnia.
3. Hypersensitivity to emotional scenes in media. There is often an emotional price to be paid when a highly sensitive person is overly immersed in different types of media. This includes social media so please be aware of what people and pages you follow. Do a purge if necessary, you can always refollow pages at a later date.
4. Issues with intimacy. Your personal relationships can suffer when you have become numbed to your surroundings. When you can’t process the emotions of your loved ones due to the numbness experienced during Empath Burnout, you appear to become cold and unfeeling to them.
Empath burnout wears you down over time and leaves you feeling drained. All of the horror stories we see everyday in the media end up feeling like steel wool on our life-force. So how do we heal from all this secondary trauma and start feeling like ourselves again?
1. Simply being aware of Empath Burnout is the first step towards healing. Knowing that you are not crazy or weak will kick-start the healing process. When you understand your empathic nature and realize how deeply you are being affected, just acknowledge that the feelings of pain and trauma are not truly yours.
2. Make sure you are caring for yourself. It’s an old saying but true nonetheless: You cannot pour from an empty cup. Do not feel guilty for putting yourself and your feelings first. Taking care of yourself, your mind, your body, and your soul can help heal and prevent burnout.
3. Set healthy boundaries. Make sure you’re not over-indulging in stimulating media. Turn off the news, avoid horror movies and movies/shows with traumatic themes, and stick to mellow, calming books/shows/movies.
In conclusion, is completely normal to feel emotionally overburdened when you step into the “helping hand” roll of the empath. But if you continue to feel overly anxious, exhausted, and emotionally detached from those around you, please make sure to take a step back and heal yourself first.
Until next time my lovelies, I leave you in peace, love, and light.