Are you an empath? In other words, are you profoundly sensitive and open to the emotions of others, and possibly even to the emotions connected to objects, areas, or buildings? Hey, me too! And that’s great! Because the world needs us: a single empath can improve the vibration in a room, enhance the harmony in a group, and soothe the heartache of a friend. But only when we’re energetically clear and vibrant. And because there is so much in the world that can drain us (from seeing violence in the news to witnessing the swatting of a fly), we absolutely must take the time to recharge.
Indeed, when we’re charged up and glowing with radiant energy, we can appreciate all the blessings of being an empath – such as an open heart and a deep current of joy and belonging – without feeling buffeted about by all the pain and challenges in the world. While we can still feel even subtle currents of emotion, we become beacons of healing . We counterbalance the world’s suffering, rather than letting it overwhelm us and drain us of our gifts.
That’s why I’ve compiled my 8 best recharging strategies for empaths (in no particular order) below.
Sea salt baths. Just a couple of handfuls of plain sea salt dissolved in a warm bath is a reliable prescription for clearing and recharging the energy field. Preferably, soak for at least 30 minutes by candlelight, and say a quick blessing over the water before you get in. Keep a generous supply of drinking water on hand as well, and bless that too! You might direct your palms toward the water and say, “Divine Presence, thank you for filling this water with vibrations of healing, purification, and love.”
Eating and drinking green veggies & fruits. A healthy heart chakra – a vital power center for empaths – vibrates at the frequency of a lush emerald green. Consuming foods and beverages densely packed with chlorophyll – i.e. green veggies and green veggie juice – brings this vibration into our field and recharges the heart with precisely the energy it needs. Green fruits, like kiwis and avocados, can be great for the purpose too. Plus, this stuff is obviously all super healthy!
Crystals. Considering how sensitive to energy you are, you may have noticed that crystals are like little energy batteries. As such, carrying, wearing, or sleeping near a crystal can help restore and recalibrate your energy field, especially when you choose a crystal that feels particularly healing and balancing to you. There are countless that could be employed for this purpose, but a few ideas include tourmaline, aventurine, spirit quartz, amethyst, rose quartz, kunzite, fluorite, and white quartz. (Make sure to cleanse your crystals regularly in sea salt, sunlight, sage smoke, or running water.)
Nature. While every single human will benefit immensely from spending time outdoors in a natural setting (or even a backyard), it’s a particular necessity for empaths. Absolutely nothing works precisely like nature to instantly balance and recharge us. And tons of extra credit points if you walk barefoot: it’s a panacea for all forms of energetic burnout.
Being alone. My dear fellow empaths, we absolutely must must must have regular doses of alone time. We can shield ourselves in light and carry crystals all day long, but when there’s another human around, we will not fail to be influenced by his or her vibrations. And while that isn’t a problem much of the time, when we never have a moment to be solely present with our own personal vibrations, we can become very frazzled empaths indeed.
Laughing until you cry. If you don’t already have a standby movie, cartoon, youtube clip, or book that you know never fails to make you laugh until you cry, make finding one – at least one! – an absolute priority. (Of course, friends and family members who reliably make you laugh until you cry are even better, but they are sometimes busy.) This is because laughing – especially super hard – transmutes stuck pain into flowing joy: hence the tears. It also breaks down the unhealthy defenses that we can sometimes erect as a survival strategy, so that we can once again connect with ourselves and the world in a way that feels nourishing to us.
Fresh flowers. Spending time with flowers or bringing fresh flowers into your space – especially flowers that you feel drawn to for the purpose – provides an instant and robust inflow of energetic refreshment. Flowers have the added benefit of working on the level of the emotions to repair and reboot.
Deep breathing exercises. Any kind of deep breathing exercise – even the simple act of breathing deeply and slowly for a couple of minutes – is an indispensible tool for the self-nurturing empath. Old feelings can become lodged in one’s body and energetic field, and deep breathing can help us dislodge these feelings and move them out. At the same time, breathing deeply floods us with freshness and cleansing energy, while we simultaneously receive divine information and healing wisdom encoded in the air.
…And, of course, we must also remember to clear and shield our energy daily!