Being an empath is quite honestly what I now think of as my superpower, but it wasn’t always that way. Then, about ten years ago, I did a personality test that revealed that I was an INFJ. “An Advocate (INFJ) is someone with the Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging personality traits. They tend to approach life with deep thoughtfulness and imagination.” (16 Personalities). This explained a lot to me.
I am introverted, but I am moderately sociable. I get drained easily by the presence of too many people. I am a highly sensitive person (HSP). People for some reason feel that they can tell me things that they would almost never reveal to others. I frequently hear, “I feel like I’ve known you long time.” I also have a strong urge to heal and help others. This is when it can be overwhelming.
Empaths need to recharge frequently, so here are the 7 ways to do that throughout the day.
1. Deep breathing
There is nothing more soothing than gently feeling your breath go in and out of you. The more intentional your breath, the more life you breathe in, and the calmer your space. It is breathe that reminds you are alive. Whether you’re sitting at your desk working, lying down, or just in desperate need of a moment, deep breathing can help neutralize negative feelings and have a profound effect on one’s state of mind, creating a space of more positive energy.
Meditation is the next level of deep breathing. It is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. For an empath, this is crucial, because the absorption of other people’s energy is detrimental to our physiological and mental health. Meditating helps to heighten awareness and refocus attention onto our internal well-being.
3. Commune with nature
Nothing calms my spirit and energy like a walk-preferably a long walk. I grew up on a small island surrounded by trees and the ocean, and nothing brings me more joy than being outdoors. Some studies show that exercise can work quickly to elevate depressed mood in many people. Although the effects may be temporary, they demonstrate that a brisk walk or other simple activity can deliver several hours of relief. Connecting with nature is therapeutic for many empaths and a great way to recharge.
4. Watch something funny
What’s better than a good laugh? Laughter is a powerful releaser of endorphins in the brain via opiod receptors. This is how powerful laughter is to the humans. It has an effect similar effect to antidepressants. What a great natural way to recharge.
Writing things down has a tremendous effect on the brain. I have kept a journal since I was fifteen years old. The ability to release is so important, because empaths harbor a lot in their minds and bodies. All of that can manifest in unhealthy ways, so whether you write and burn—a more ritualistic approach—or write and keep, journaling is a great technique. You can also do voice notes or daily videos if that is more convenient works.
6. AffirmationsHow often did you hear as a child that talking to yourself makes you look crazy. Number one, all children talk to themselves, and kids are onto something. Affirm yourself at any point in the day. Even combining some deep breathing can make affirmations even more effective, because you allow yourself to focus on the language, which then permeates your psyche. You believe in what is coming out of your mouth, and nothing is more important than loving and trusting yourself.
7. Have a dance partyWhat can I say? It works. At least five times a week, I dance with my children and sometimes by myself. Put some good music on and let it seep through you. As an empath, you connect to the arts. Kick off your shoes and dance like no one is watching.
Whether you’re an empath or not, how do you recharge?