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Empaths tend to struggle with self-care. They often give too much at the expense of their own well-being — and end up absorbing the stress of others.
Empaths are individuals who are very sensitive, deep, and loving towards others.
It's a beautiful characteristic to have, but oftentimes empaths struggle with self-care. They often give too much at the expense of their own well-being — and end up absorbing the stress of others.
In her book, Thriving as an Empath, Judith Orloff, MD, writes, "To stay healthy and happy, you must be ready with daily self-care practices that work." A few practices she advises include:
- Setting strong boundaries
- Protecting your energy
- Inoculating yourself against stress and overwhelm
- Self-soothing techniques
- Knowing that it is not your job to take on the world's stress
- Breaking the momentum of sensory overload
- Tapping the vitality of all four seasons and the elements
- Deepening your connection with the cycles of nature
- Moving out of clock-based time into "sacred time"
Listen as Dr. Orloff joins Lisa Davis to share insights from the book and how you can grow and flourish without internalizing the emotions and pain of others.
[1:40] What is an empath?
[2:55] Why empathic self-care is so essential.
[3:10] Daily-self care techniques.
[4:50] Be discerning about where your energy goes and about energy vampires.
[6:52] The gift of being different.
[8:32] Empaths and addiction.
[10:00] Back with more techniques for self-care.
[11:01] Why it's important to listen to your body and how you respond energetically.
[11:30] Heart focused meditation.
[13:20] Why empaths may want to sleep alone.
[17:30] How you may benefit from minimalism.
[18:45] You and your animals and your empathic connection to them.
[21:30] Autism and increased sensitivity.
[24:00] Final positive messages for empaths.
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