Empathy is an interesting gift to have.
Being an empath means you are highly sensitive and emotional and can sometimes confuse others’ feelings as your own. Sure, that’s good when you need to be empathetic and sympathetic. But what happens if takes over your life?
If you’re an empath…
You care a lot about everyone and everything.
You devote so much of yourself to other people.
You’re intuitive and sensitive to others’ feelings.
You love hard.
But … what about you?
Are you taking care of yourself? Are you in tune with your own feelings? What are you doing with the love you want to give? Are you leaving anything for yourself?
You have so much love to give and you’re giving it to people who don’t deserve it or you. You’re giving your love to manipulative people or people who aren’t in touch with their emotions and so they suck all of yours out of you.
People gravitate towards you – you have this magnetic pull. It’s like they know you’ll put them first and you’ll be more than willing to help them with their own problems. You set all of your energy into the reactions and feelings of others, rather than who you are and what your truth is.
If you’re an empath, you have a hard time caring yourself.
Believe me, I have been able to hard it is to put yourself first, as an empath. I have so much love to give and I simply want someone to accept me, appreciate me, and respect me and my love. So far , no one has proven themselves worthy and that’s okay! That only entails I need to keep that love for myself.
If you’re an empath, you need to remember: self-love is not selfish.
Do what induces you feel good, whatever it is. Maybe that’s self care- taking a bath, putting on a face mask, clean drinking water. Maybe that’s starting a new hobby to occupy your mind – yoga, painting, knitting, kickboxing, photography. Maybe that’s meditating or creating a vision board. Maybe that’s just forgiving yourself or giving yourself a transgres every once in a while.
Stop putting so much effort into those who don’t appreciate you. Put that energy into appreciate yourself for once.
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