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Self-Care for Empaths

by Jackie Edwards

2-3% of the population falls under the "empath" category. Empaths are highly sensitive people who pick up on the emotions of others. Empaths don't just empathize with people, they are known to actually take on the emotions they sense in others. While being an empath is an amazing and useful gift, it can cause much emotional strain for those who don't know how to protect themselves. This short guide will teach you how to navigate the world as an empath and learn to guard yourself against emotional stress.

Common Types of Empaths 

The moons of most empaths are located in a water sign, the most common being Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio. This is by no means written in stone, as there are plenty of empaths who find their moon in non-water signs.

  • Empaths with their moon in Cancer are known by others to be nurturing. These empaths are always looking for a way to improve the lives of all those around them and are often drawn to those who cannot help themselves, such as children, animals, the elderly, or those who are poor or in ill health. While there is a clear distinction between the emotions of the empath and the emotions of those they are assisting, empaths whose moons are in Cancer often experience the most emotional distress. This is due to the nagging feeling that the empath is not doing enough to help.
  • Empaths whose moon is in Scorpio are those who strive to find the source of the pain of those around them. These empaths are people who you might go to confide in when you are in crisis. They are excellent listeners and know how to get to the root of any emotional problem.
  • Empaths with their moon in Pisces are known to pick up on the emotions of others so strongly that the lines between the emotions of others and their own emotions are sometimes blurred. This can cause the empath to become deeply distressed as it becomes harder to understand the emotions they are feeling and the reasons for them.

The Importance of Self Care

The most important thing to remember when navigating your emotions as an empath is to take time out for yourself. Feeling things so deeply can be damaging if you don't engage in excellent self-care. Taking time out to rest and recharge your mind is necessary to keep yourself grounded in reality and avoid getting lost in other people's problems.

While this might sound selfish on the surface, it is important to remember that taking care of yourself is the first step in taking care of others. If you are not in tip-top mental shape, you won't be able to be the pillar of strength for others that most empaths strive to be. Taking care of your mental health starts with setting appropriate boundaries for your interactions with others.

It is perfectly okay to say no to helping someone if the request will put you in mental anguish or otherwise. It is also important to remember that you cannot solve the world's problems on your own. What you can do, however, is make an impact in your corner of the world to the best of your ability. All this starts with taking care of you.

Dating as an Empath

In relation to dating, setting boundaries is also necessary. Be sure to take time out from the dating scene or from being with a romantic partner to rest and recharge. This alone time will not only be rejuvenating for you but will allow you to connect more deeply with your partner the next time you are together. Only take on as much mental strain as you are able, and take time out when you need a break. Being an empath can be a struggle, but self-care will make your world all the more manageable.

Now working as a writer, Jackie started her career as an holistic life coach and nutritionist, but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she's not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.