So, you know you’re an empath. You’re someone who feels other people’s feelings. You’re having these crazy emotional fluctuations all day when you’re around other people… only to heave a sigh of relief when you’re alone and things magically settle down.
Being an empath isn’t easy. For one, it takes a lot of time to get used to the idea, and ignore all the western “this is impossible” mental chatter.
You keep “sponging” all kinds of emotional and mental energy from other people. Energy that is not yours, that doesn’t suit you and that really is not your responsibility in the first place. You use your sensitivity to help people in need and “magically” know what someone is dealing with… only to become incredibly burdened by the woes of the world.
Then one day, you blow a fuse. You’ve got so many people plugged into your source of compassion, that your body flips a switch and shuts down your system all together. That’s when you need to start doing some serious inner research, and it ain’t easy.
Being an empath will make you bone tired. You may be depressed too, but not necessarily. You may just be worn-out and overwhelmed to the point of feeling like, scarily enough, “anything goes”. You’ve tried holding your finger in the dam, but when the dam breaks anyway, all you can do is try to stay afloat and hope for the best.
You might be experiencing fear.
Waves of “non-sensical” fear are common in empath fatigue. More often than not, those fears are trying to get your attention for a reason: something is off on the energetic level. Since the energetic (aura) level of our being is invisible and not felt unless we focus on it consciously, our body needs a way to alert us to serious problems. More often than not, fear is the way. While things may look fine on the surface, you may have serious energy leakages on the subtle aura level that require addressing. Don’t dismiss your fears.. Be grateful when nothing seems to be amiss physically (treat it like a window of opportunity) and get to work tracking the cause of the fear.
While exhaustion can be due to many things, a big factor for empaths is draining relationships. These are the people that you feel depleted and depressed by after an interaction. Chances are, that you are also affected by these same people long-distance…by means of connections through the energy soup. Know that ultimately, you are the one holding the reins, but it can take a lot of work to get down to the source of the draining. Better start digging sooner than later and better start setting boundaries with draining people a.s.a.p. Draining is stronger up close, so keeping certain people at village-length will definitely help.
Naturally, all the other fatigue factors apply too: working too hard, not sleeping enough, mineral deficiencies, viral infections, toxicity. Yet, while all these factors are written about extensively in various places online, the specific empath aspects of fatigue and illness involving fatigue (like CFS/ME/fybromialgia) are generally not discussed or known. So while it’s important to look at the whole picture (work environment / quality of relationships / sense of purpose / physical fitness / general stressors / general health etc), it’s important to factor in additional energetic factors when you’re an empath. They may be playing a much bigger role than you realize and be able to account for various mysterious symptoms that cannot be explained in any other way.