I live in a 4-season region, which means I really only get six months of warmer weather (and two of those I spend with an umbrella). A cold winter and wet spring usually leave me backed up with stagnant energy accumulated from being stuck indoors — and even when I do get outside, the bulk of the sweaters, coat, hat, gloves, boots, socks, (and long underwear) leave me feeling disconnected from Mother Nature.
As I noticed the flowers starting to bloom this year, I was surprised that my thirst for summer did not bloom with it. What I realized is that I had made myself an empath cocoon — a place that felt comfortable and safe from the "elements". Essentially, I had fallen into a 'bad weather habit' — an excuse to not go out and make the most of life. It's taken me a few weeks to shake myself out of it, but these three activities have really helped...
Summer Tunes Music is a powerful tool for an empath, so don't wait to see who lands the top ten summer hits. Make your own summer playlist from new and old favorites. And make it a daily habit to plug in, walk, dance and feel the positive vibes of summer. Even 10 minutes of upbeat music each day can elevate your vibration! Here's a peek at my playlist...
Connect With Nature You've heard this a hundred times before, but that's because it's true. The vibration that the sun, earth, trees, wind, and water put out is the purest, healthiest energy we can soak up. Spend at least 1 hour each day this summer recharging with nature — and if you want to take it a step further, watch this powerful documentary on Grounding.
Stake a Claim on You As empaths, it's easy to lose our identity to the people around us. We can't always distinguish our feelings from others, but we can separate our activities. If you want to stake a claim on yourself, do something this summer that you've never done... something your friends/family don't do either. Own it, feel it, claim it for yourself. If you need some daring ideas, here's a list.
Jeannette is the author of the novel "Diary of a Teenage Empath" and two HSP/Empath workbooks for children & teens. She is an Integrative Health Coach who, with her mentor Dr. Wendy Nickerson, launched the first-ever accredited HSP training program for mental health professionals. She leads an HSP community group in Halifax and advocates for HSPs in the mental health community.
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