How Empaths Can Recover from the Summer
Empaths, or highly sensitive people, feel everything all around them deeply. They pick up on energy, subtle or not, from environmental cues and daily surroundings at all times. One of the major downsides of being an empath, despite many of the secret blessings, is getting mentally drained very quickly, especially if you absorb other people’s emotions and feelings on a constant basis.
For highly sensitive people (HSP) the risk of mental burnout and fatigue is very high. At times it can take quite a toll to mentally discern/untangle your inner voice and feelings/emotions from that of others. Some of the most amazing benefits of being a HSP include picking up on details and subtleties that others might miss, being an astute judge of character, and reflecting on all those details. Despite all this, empaths have a tendency to move a lot slower, think a little deeper, and need more downtime than others non-HSPs.
The summer can be a very stressful time for empaths. While being a fun and relaxed season for the most part, empaths might feel a need to disconnect more often from their environment, when it all seems like “too much” to take in, especially with parties, bar barbecues, less rigid structures/routines, and more opportunities for socialization. The following are some self care tips for empaths that can be utilized at any time to disconnect, unwind, and bring yourself back to feeling more recharged.
Get more sleep. Don’t go without less than eight hours of sleep for more than two nights in a row. If you’re an HSP, you might need even more sleep than others because your nervous system is constantly on overdrive, and you’re more likely to experience emotional burnout. Sleep de-stresses and revitalizes your nervous system, giving you more power to function throughout the day.
Listen to your body. Make a point of checking in with your body and emotions throughout the day. Notice when you feel yourself reacting negatively or beginning to feel overwhelmed. At the very beginning of those feelings, and not after they’ve had time to grow and snowball, take time out to recharge. If possible, spend time alone, even if it’s as simple as taking a quick five-minute walk away from your stressors and distractions.
Make friends with other HSPs. Finding people who can empathize and understand your needs is a treasure, especially for HSPs who may feel misunderstood because of their sensitivities and unique ways of viewing the world.
Declutter. If you don’t feel relaxed when you walk into your home, scan your environment and change the things that make you feel stressed. Declutter your wardrobe, tidy your kitchen, and embrace minimalism. HSPs tend to be highly affected by their surroundings, so even the sight of clutter can make them feel unnecessarily stressed.
Eat dark chocolate, and don’t feel guilty about it. It’s packed with antioxidants and provides a strong, positive sensory experience for the HSP.