Diary of a Teenage Empath
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Discovering you are an empath might feel like a gigantic weight has been lifted and that your life suddenly makes perfect sense. You're not alone!
So now what? First, please be aware that learning you are an empath is not a reason to discontinue any medication you might be on or to stop following your physician's instructions. So keep eating your veggies, get plenty of exercise and eight hours of sleep!
Seriously, I wish I could say there was one universal product or program that gave every empath what they needed; but that's not the case because every human on the planet has subtle differences in their physical, energetic and neurological makeup — so what works for one person probably won't work for some others. And because YOU are changing, growing and developing every day, what works for you today might not work for you down the road.
In my experience, the best way to find out what works for you is to keep an open mind and monitor how you feel about it. Be aware. Be mindful. Be proactive. Be honest. Listen to your gut (intuition). That is one of the empath's greatest superpowers after all! That said, there are many websites, books and online programs that can help you gain balance and manage the ins and outs of your trait. I've developed a couple workbooks myself — one which includes a daily energy routine that has amplified my confidence, energy boundaries and overall mind-body connection.
Also, if you are currently in counseling/therapy, I encourage you to be open about being an HSP/empath. If your therapist is unfamiliar with the trait, invite them to learn about it (insist they do) by reading Dr. Elaine Aron's work or taking a certified training course.
If you are seeking a mental health professional, I've compiled a directory here.
The EmpathDiary.com News also provides a light-hearted perspective with information, links, resources and tools.