Do you feel as though you are a human sponge for other people’s emotions? Do you tend to absorb the energies of co-workers, family, and friends to the point it can leave you drained for days?
I know that all you really want is to help others feel better and that desire comes from a beautiful giving heart. While this is a loving gesture, when you continually take on the emotions and feelings of others it can leave you feeling exhausted with no energy of your own.
When you get to the point of exhaustion, what you are experiencing is something called overactive empathy.
What Is Empathy?
Empathy is the ability to understand, experience, and share the feelings of another soul. This is a beautiful state of opening up our hearts and connecting deeply with another. It comes from a place of true giving and understanding.
Overactive Empathy – The Human Sponge Effect
There is another side to empathy that many of you are all too familiar with and that is when your gift of empathy gets turned on 24-7 and begins to overtake far too many areas of your life.
Your beautiful gift of empathy goes into overdrive and pretty soon you can think that empathy is more of a curse rather than a gift. Somewhere along the line there has been a lynch pin or a turning point. What once was a beautiful soul level gift has turned into a source of pain and isolation for you.
When your empathy is in overdrive, you often find yourself feeling like a victim of other people’s energy. This can affect you whether you consider yourself a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), an Empath, or if are simply compassionate and sympathetic.
Overactive empathy is taking on someone else’s physical or emotional pain to the point that you are energetically drained.
When your empathy radio is constantly turned up to full volume, you end up suffering emotionally. In some cases it also manifests into physical symptoms such as headaches, migraines, and more.
The Complete Empath Toolkit
Can you look at someone and just ‘know’ what they are going through?
Do you cry easily? Do you find yourself listening with ease to other people’s problems? Have complete strangers easily shared their intimate secrets with you? Have you found yourself drained by other people’s energy?
If so, you might be an empath, and you probably have gone through life being more affected by other people’s energies than you realize.
I have found a great resource for you to help you understand your empathy. It is called The Complete Empath Toolkit.