Many of us Empaths suffer from anxiety, chronic fatigue, PTSD, CPTSD, and a number of debilitating illnesses from Lupus to rheumatism. Often we aren’t sure where or when the line was drawn. Did we become empathic because of pain or trauma? Or did empathy cause us to be more susceptible to such weakened states? Sometimes as we look hind sight we notice a little of both.
Never the less, finding peace in our everyday routine is essential for us to be productive and give back, as so many of us long to do. Here is just a few suggestions from my own growing and learning that may benefit you on this journey of self-discovery and recovery.
First, what is the condition of your home? In another article I’ll go into detail on how to brighten and cheer up your living conditions to invigorate you, rather than deplete you. For now I will just ask one simple question. Is your home too dark? If you have dark walls, and few windows, your own home may cause such fatigue that mustering up the strength to go out into a hectic world feels like an unbearable task. If the problem is also your home, you may simply be more ill due to cabin fever. Consider livening and lightening your home one step at a time, no hurry, no rush, no high costs. Check out ideas on Pinterest and the many ideas on other articles here, for a start.
Next, I want to set suggestions for a morning routine that will awaken your spirit better than it may have been in the past. If we get up, head for the coffee pot and flop right down in front of the TV or computer (I am guilty as charged) we often take hours longer to wake up, and stay in a state of fatigue. We claim the fatigue is why we aren’t active, but often a few simple switches in our routine, just might do the trick. I call this a schedule boot camp, if you will. And it’s not tough at all, but to an Empath, who always want to go with the flow, emerging out of an unconscious routine into a strategic routine can be very daunting to think about. But actually quite invigorating once implemented.
When you first get up in the morning, feel free to start that coffee, but then fix yourself a glass of nice alkalizing water with lemon or raw apple cider vinegar. Then, whether you have a yard or apartment patio, if you can, step outside for a moment. Barefoot is even better. Let your eyes gaze out at the morning sky and soak up the morning light through your skin. Your body will realize it’s time to get up and the melatonin it produced all night will come to a halt and you will be cued to wake up, naturally. If you can, walk around a moment and listen. Pray to God/Spirit and listen to your call for the day. Become one with your Maker and your surroundings and breathe in the peace. If you have a garden or just one plant, check on it. Touch it, and listen to its needs. You will feel comfort in nurturing something and relief from your own personal worries. After you collect yourself you can step back inside.
Take a few minutes to pray, meditate, and make up your bed. Have a cup of coffee, but don’t just plop down to work yet. Until you get your body flowing and better circulation, you won’t feel better. Get dressed, brush your teeth, wash your face and decide on a form of brief exercise. If you have to head to work or have very little strength just 15 minutes of Yoga or a walk around the block will do the trick.
Now you can move on to your normal routine. If you work from home, or are home bound try finding soft meditation music on YouTube for free that you can have playing in the background. Nothing too busy. Whether a rain storm or Native American flutes with wind chimes, it will sooth you and ease you into your day. Also incense and candles may increase your sense of wellbeing as well as crystal grids and the like.
These may sound like small steps to some who are vibrant and full of energy, but to a chronically ill Empath it’s tough to make even the smallest changes, yet Empaths often have the most desire for a true existence and a giving lifestyle. I hope these tips are some help to you, as they have been for myself.