What’s going on in the world?
In the fast paced world in which we live, even the most sturdy of people can face health issues, so it stands to reason that people who consider themselves to be highly sensitive or identify themselves as an Empath struggle even more. It is now widely recognised by scientists, doctors, psychologists and other healthcare practitioners that stress and toxicity in the body can lead to a whole host of health challenges, potentially leading to disease. For the average person living life in a highly populated city, and even those that may live in more rural environments, it can be a challenge to stay on top of financial responsibilities, family responsibilities, stressful working environments and the other myriad day-to-day commitments that we seem to pile on top of ourselves. We are told that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat (unless it’s organic) all contain toxic chemicals that our bodies are trying to manage and eliminate on a day-to-day basis. Add to this, the emotional, mental, and sometimes spiritual toxicity that people also have to deal with and you start to get the picture of why so many sensitive people are struggling with their health at the moment.
Why are Empaths more vulnerable?
As an Empath or highly sensitive person, the tendency is to absorb all of the toxic waste that is in our environment. This can have profound effects, interrupting sleep, digestion, the body’s natural cleansing processes, the connection to our higher mind and higher self, and also causing strong emotional reactions and mood swings. We are processing everybody else’s waste products, all of the time. And this often happens before we even get a chance to recognise what belongs to us and what we need to clear out for ourselves. This can also manifest as a physical issue with weight gain or and disordered eating, including long-term difficulty in maintaining a healthy weight and body image.
Why does this happen?
An Empath’s body constantly perceives a potential threat from the external environment and therefore, literally pads itself to minimise the impact of these threats. Unfortunately, this strategy doesn’t actually work and as a result many sensitive people beat themselves up, feeling helpless, feeling hopeless and struggle to have mastery over their physical health. It is also common that Empaths become depressed and remove themselves from others, hiding away and then struggling to physically move because they feel so emotionally and mentally depleted, which actually makes the toxicity worse! They also tend to crave sugary, high fat foods and alcohol because this gives them a temporary “feel good sugar high”.
What can you do to increase your health and shift other people’s waste?
Here are some strategies to support you as an Empath:
- Strengthen your boundaries, learning not to take on everyone’s problems all the time.
- Eat protein at every meal and high quality organic fruit and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of pure water!
- Consider doing a cleanse day once or twice a month, incorporating both a physical and emotional aspect.
- Meditate daily.
- Spend time outside everyday.
- Incorporate an act of self-love, minimum three times a week. This could include reading a book, sitting in the sun, walking on the beach or whatever else you love to do.
- Learn to say no, without shaming or guilting yourself.
- Move your body, including walking, yoga, dancing, swimming, or anything else that gets your heart pumping and your energy flowing.
- Last but not least, and perhaps the most important, be gentle with yourself.
Do you even know how amazeballs you are?
You are a unique and wondrous human being with immense potential to transform yourself, your health, and your life. Doing nothing and continuing to suffer is a choice, so I invite you to make a different choice. Firstly give yourself permission to take a stand for yourself and by taking one step at a time towards a doable and realistic goal, which include the strategies outlined above. I know from first hand experience just how hard it can be, and I also know how very hard it is to do nothing. Show yourself the love you deserve and say yes to you!