How empaths recharge? (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will discuss How empaths recharge?. We will do that by describing what empaths are and discuss their traits in detail. We will also explain why empaths are vulnerable to getting their energy drained and how to regain/recharge energy.

How empaths recharge? 

Empaths recharge by engaging in multiple self-care activities. They can try setting boundaries with other people, especially energy vampires. They can also meditate, take warm baths, spend time in nature, transform their environment into something aesthetic, practice deep breathing exercises, and self-compassion among multiple other activities.

What is an empath?

An empath refers to a highly sensitive person who is able to detect the emotions and feelings of other people. These people have high intuition and are able to predict patterns and connections between situations, events, emotions, and thoughts of people. These people can understand the world from another person’s perspective.

An empath may have different types of traits depending on the degree of empathy they possess. Some empaths may possess super traits. These include optimism, agreeableness, cooperation, and drive for creating harmony. A lot of empaths are able to trust others easily and get themselves emotionally invested in relationships. They are natural healers and are driven to help others in any way they can.

Traits of an empath

The most common traits of empaths include being highly sensitive to sensory information. A lot of them are spiritually aware. Some of them are also in tune with other people’s emotions and moods. Most empaths are introverted and prefer to spend their time among small groups of people with whom they are close. Based on their high intuition, they can sense when things are not right. 

In romantic relationships, they can get overwhelmed especially when their personal space is invaded. They also make easy targets for people who are natural drainers of energy. These include energy vampires, narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths. Empaths are generally givers in their relationships and rarely take from others. They get nourishment from the natural energy of the world, especially from nature and greenery.

An empath’s vulnerabilities for drained energy

 A lot of the time, empaths absorb the emotions of other people which can be negative for their mental health. It can overwhelm them and cause headaches and exhaustion. Going into crowds and public spaces can make them feel drained and overwhelmed. Due to this, they avoid such places to conserve their energy. A lot of the time they end up having different health issues. As a result of such overstimulation, empaths need to have a backup plan for situations involving emotional overload.

How to recharge as an empath

As mentioned earlier, an empath can get easily drained. It is important that they learn Self-care strategies for such situations which can enable them to recharge their energy. A few of the strategies they can employ are stated as follows:

Accept that you are an empath: Acknowledge this part of yourself, its advantages, and disadvantages in your life.

Start trusting your intuition about other people especially if you sense that a person is an energy vampire. Avoid these people at all costs to conserve your energy.

Get rid of victim mentality: a lot of empaths have reduced self-worth. They strive to be loved by other people which can eventually turn them into victims. It is important that they overcome their low self-esteem and start getting out of the victim role.

Learn to set boundaries: when interacting with other people, decide the amount of time you want to spend with them. Notice your emotions, thoughts, and energy in your body while talking to them. If you sense that your energy is getting gained, it is better that you politely get the other person to leave or if that’s not possible, leave the situation yourself. Setting limits and boundaries are important for an empath to conserve their health and energy.

Meditation can be quite helpful for re-centering an empath’s focus. It can help them be aware of their emotions, thoughts, and physical body. It can help them to get rid of borrowed emotions and thoughts. Through this, they can gradually feel the sensory overload drifting away. In order to meditate, it is important that they do this by spending time in nature or while doing daily chores, at least for 10 minutes a day. They can also try visualization strategies to prevent negative energy from reaching them.

Practice Deep breathing exercises: A lot of people benefit from breathing exercises. It simply involves breathing from the belly and focusing on each breath. Saying things like ‘ I am breathing in positive energy and breathing out negative energy’. Doing this several times a day can help in releasing pent-up stress. 

Transform your environment: It is important that empaths make their space positive. They can do this by surrounding themselves with greenery e.g small pots of plants and other things of art in which they find beauty. This can help them deflect some of the negative energy.

Practice self-compassion: another important thing an empath needs to learn is to love themselves and take care of themselves. They need to start listening to their own thoughts and emotions. Taking out time each day to focus on their vulnerabilities and accepting them the way they are, can strengthen them as a person. In other words, directing some of the empathy inwards can be beneficial for their personal growth.

Engage in self-care activities: you can try different aesthetic activities such as painting. This can allow one to channel out negative energy in the form of art. It can be a way to transform something negative into a work of beauty.

A few people like to journal. It can help them write out their thoughts and process them in a better way. It can be a form of catharsis.

Other people also enjoy listening to music. It can help them relate to the lyrics and connect with the rhythm. Doing so can release any pent-up energy and boost one’s mood.

Physical activity: a few minutes spent on a physical activity every day can help empaths connect to the body. This can involve a daily walk, yoga, or some light exercise. Doing so can ground them which is essential for not letting emotions take over their body.

Connect with a loved one: since many empaths are givers, it is important that they also receive from others to maintain the balance. When they are feeling overwhelmed, they can turn to their friends and family with whom they feel comfortable and rely on. Talking to them and engaging in different activities with them can be a good change for them and enable them to go through a cathartic experience.

Take a time off: if an empath feels like they are too overwhelmed, they can focus on resting for a few days. This can be done by having a proper night time routine. It can include drinking a cup of chamomile tea, playing some ambient music in the background, and wearing comfortable pajamas in a room that is is well-lit, has a moderate temperature and a comfortable bed.

Warm showers and Baths: Using plain sea salt dissolved in form water can help in releasing the negative energy. Soaking in this warm bath can be a rechargingexperience. 

FAQs: How empaths recharge?

Do empaths feel negative energy?

Yes. Empaths feel negative energy. Sometimes they absorb it from other people. Other times, it can come from big crowds and busy places.

Does music help empaths?

Yes. Music also helps empaths. It can act as a way to cope especially when they are overly stimulated and want to calm themself or when they are looking to boost their mood. A recent study has shown that the reward system of the brain lights up when empathic people listen to music. It is the same area that activates when they are empathizing with others. So, in a way, we can say that music acts as a way to give them pleasure and makes them feel like they are connecting to someone at an emotional level. They consider it a rewarding experience and enjoy it thoroughly.

Does mediation help empaths? 

Yes,  meditation is helpful for empaths.  It has a lot of health benefits including relieving headaches,  stress,  depression, and anxiety.  Along with that,  it can improve self-awareness and bring clarity to one’s thoughts and emotions.  This can be particularly useful for empaths who need to separate the emotions and thoughts they have borrowed from other people versus their own. 

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed How empaths recharge?. We found that empaths recharge by engaging in multiple self-care activities. They can try setting boundaries with other people, especially energy vampires. They can also meditate, take warm baths, spend time in nature, transform their environment into something aesthetic, practice deep breathing exercises, and self-compassion among multiple other activities.

 I hope you found this article interesting. If you have any queries or comments, please state them in the comment section 😊

Citations

https://www.drnorthrup.com/8-ways-to-turn-your-empathy-into-a-super-power/#:~:text=Empaths%20need%20time%20to%20recharge,start%20to%20feel%20sensory%20overload.

https://medium.com/thrive-global/recharging-the-empath-in-an-overstimulated-world-3569fce66b4f

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.