Are You a Negative Energy Sponge?
If you're an empath, you are a human emotional sponge who automatically absorbs the stress and emotions of the people around you. The effects can be debilitating, much like heavy socializing can be for introverts. Are you a negative energy sponge? Here are a few strategies to stop soaking up other peoples' negative energy.
1. Is this feeling yours?
Do you notice sudden positive mood changes around certain people in your circle? These are your people. Those who bring out drained, anxious, or negative vibes in you are not your people. Avoid them at all costs. If you're unable to avoid them altogether, stand as far away as possible from them to cocoon your energy from their negative forces.
2. Heal yourself.
One of the principal reasons other people can trigger negative emotions in you is because you have emotional scars you need to heal. Work on yourself, so that you'll be less likely to soak up sadness, anxiety, and depression from others.
Fight the invasion of a negativity attack by breathing in slowly for 6 seconds, exhaling for 6 seconds, and repeating six times. You'll feel calmness instantly. For additional protective qualities, repeat your personalized mantra as you exhale, such as 'negativity be gone' or 'return to source.'
4. Submerge yourself in water.
Water is calming, soothing, and rejuvenating, which is why empaths are always so happy in or around water. Add Epsom Salts to your bath for additional energy detox properties.
5. Set clear boundaries.
It's great when your friends feel that they can call on you for help when they're in despair. But it's not great for empaths over time. You have to learn to say no, sometimes. You don't always have to pick up the phone, nor do you have to run to everyone's rescue. When you're continually consuming everyone's drama around you, you will soak up the negative emotions and carry those with you. It's OK to put yourself first sometimes and say no when you feel your drama limit approaching.
At least once a month, try and immerse yourself in nature to purge your inner negative energy sponge. Take a whole day to spend at the beach or in a local park to soak up some rays, read a great book, and not look at your phone.
7. Take time out.
You need to take time for yourself offline, which doesn't involve listening to anyone else's sorrows. Take the time to unplug, recharge, and be alone with your thoughts. It's necessary! My favorite time of day is at latenight because there are far fewer distractions and notifications; it's when I can be alone with my thoughts.
How do you swerve negative energy? Tweet me @lorenridinger.