Empaths are constantly inundated with external stimuli that can become overwhelming. Many are natural introverts and enjoy spending time alone.
Meditation is a simple way for anyone to reduce stress and ground oneself, releasing everyday concerns and any internalized negative energy. Try to take ten minutes at the end of the day in a quiet room to breathe deeply and center yourself.
4. Turn to Nature.
Empaths need quiet space. Surrounding yourself with the natural world, devoid of pollution of all kinds, allows you to reconnect with the whole of yourself: body, mind, and spirit. It’s at once calming and invigorating.
Regularly take outdoor walks or sit outside and close your eyes to take in the soothing sounds and smells of Nature. The renewal of being a part of something real and larger than yourself, without the demands of others, promotes good mental health and reduces stress.
5. Rest as much as you feel you need.
Pushing yourself to do more and to be more taxes your adrenals and will come back to bite you. Cat naps during the day can be re-energizing.
Go to bed when you’re tired at night; don’t push yourself to do one more thing-there’s virtually nothing that can’t wait. Become an efficient time manager so your daily tasks aren’t a source of regular stress.
6. Exercise regularly.
If you have adrenal fatigue, high-intensity work-outs can be replaced with low-impact and resistance exercise to reduce the stress put on the body.
Aerobic exercise is critical for every metabolic function but don’t overdo it-keep vigorous work-outs to a couple of times a week until your hormones are back in balance.
7. Get proper nutrition for adrenal support.
A healthy diet of fresh, whole, organic foods is a given. Certain nutrients and plants have been found specifically supportive of adrenal health. It’s best to eat whole foods and fresh/dried herbs rather than supplements:
- Korean/Panax ginseng
- Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus, Acanthopanax senticosus, or Ciwujia)
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra, Glycyrrhiza uralensis)
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Golden root (Rhodiola rosea)
- Fish oil
- Green and black tea
- Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
- Thiamine (vitamin B1)
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
- Vitamin C. (9)
8. Have your cortisol level checked.
A blood or saliva test will tell if you are producing more-than-normal cortisol to confirm or dismiss the existence of adrenal fatigue.
If your symptoms persist, they may be signs of something else. See your healthcare practitioner to help you discover what’s amiss so it can be properly addressed.
Being an empath is a gift, connecting you more closely to the universe around you. It doesn’t always feel like that when you take on more than your share of energy and emotion.
With proper management, you can use and enjoy your gift by helping others (and yourself in the process). Empaths are the ones that people naturally gravitate to for their friends and confidants. Remaining open while protecting yourself is a tricky balance but one well worth mastering.