Ways Empaths Can Practice Self-Care

Empaths are people skilled in sensing the feelings of others.  These people’s problems will feel like their own issues.  Sadly, this means empaths often experience physical and mental discomfort like pains, anxiety, illness, or depression.  Such hardships occur due to excess strain on the empath’s energy, psyche, and body when their intuitive gift isn’t managed effectively.

Blessing and a curse

Empath enables you to get a unique understanding and perspective on other peoples’ emotions.  But often, people with this talent don’t realize it’s a gift, they just see it as normal.  They are wiring in an exceptional way that bestows them a special skill that requires additional self-care.  Sensing and at times, absorbing, external emotions or energies can be a uniquely draining experience.  Empaths literally take on the feelings of others and feel like ships being tossed about in a storm.  They essentially become psychic sponges that are in a constant cycle of absorbing and being wrung out.  This will tire the empath’s body, mind, and spirit.  The stress they enduring can present as fatigue, anxiety, sadness, physical pain, or illness.


There a two very helpful methods.  First, embrace your talents and recognize it causes you to require special boundaries to maintain optimal health.  Second, explore a variety of coping strategies.  Practice deep breathing, routine ritual bathing, and psychic protection visualizations.

Energetic protection methods

The goal for any energetic or psychic protection is not to block the energy of everyone or anything else.  Instead, learn how to harness the energy you let in and manage how you experience your sensory talents.  Try one or both of the following skills, and see which feels best for you.

  • Zipping Up: Think of yourself putting on a coat or cape of energy that will safeguard you from the emotions and energies of other individuals.  Working on the central meridian that runs up the center plan of your torso, this channel helps guide your central nervous system.  The central meridian serves as an antenna that facilitates external feelings, thoughts, or energies into you.  When you use the motion of your hands to “zip it closed” you will tap into your inner wisdom and protect your energy integrity, which will allow you feel more confident, positive, and clear-head.
    • Begin by placing your hand or hands at the top of your pubic bone (the bottom of the central meridian), with your palms facing your body.
    • Take a deep inhalation and move your hand(s) up the centerline of your body, up to your lower lip. You can rest your hand(s) on your body or a few inches above.
    • Repeat three times
  • Shield of Light: This will reinforce your energetic boundaries, yet keep external stimuli at bay.  This will clear your aura and increase breathing room both energetically and psychologically.
    • Picture a cocoon of light encapsulating your body about 2-4 inches away from your body. (This is your aura in a contracted state).
    • Draw your elbows close to your sides, palms facing outward. Breathe in deeply, and with your exhale slowly push your hands away from yourself as if you are expanding the light outward.
    • Go slowly as you may feel the pressure of your field as you push against it. During the push, envision your aura expanding expelling any excess energy, including unwanted emotions, energy, thoughts, and baggage that belongs to another.
    • Take multiple breaths in this manner, pushing the light further out on your exhalations until your aura feels like the proper size. If you have short arms, enlist the aid of you longer “energetic arms.”
    • Finally, lower your arms down and take a few more breaths, enjoying the new feelings of lightness, space, peace, grace and clarity.

Diaphragmic breathing

This is an excellent and easy tool for self-care.  Deep breathing clears your aura, grounds you, and connects your body with your emotions.  It also helps to relieve anxiety because one is no longer breathing rapidly and shallowing into their chest.  Practice deep breathing at least five minutes daily, especially when you are feeling tense, anxious, or stressed.

Helpful lifestyle changes

  • Avoid toxic people and drama queens.  Instead focus socialization with people who are stable, optimistic and upbeat.
  • Limit emotionally upsetting movies, books, or tv programs (including the news).  These are designed to play with our emotions.  It’s ok to not be current with pop culture or up on the latest news if you are constantly exposure to anger and suffering.  Pain finds you easily enough, you don’t have ever seek it out.
  • Good outside!  Plants are especially helpful with regulating emotions.
  • Create solo space.  Time alone doesn’t’ mean you aren’t social, just that you time away to recharge your batteries.
  • Stay away from crowded spaces like malls, airports or large parties that will deplete your energy.  If you must go, make a plan for managing your needs.  Focus on positive thinking.
  • Realize that conflict will happen.  It will be painful, but it can be managed.  Seek out a counselor, read pleasing books, or learn self-care skills to help you cope.
  • If you are professionally helping like a teacher, energy worker, coach, doctor, or therapist, learning to manage your emotions is essential.  Otherwise you will quickly become overwhelmed and left at risk to harmful physical and mental tolls.
  • Maintain a neat and tidy sanctuary in your house or garden.  Allow this to be place that can restore your spirit and fill you with grace, peace, calm, and joy.