One of the main problems empaths suffer from is exhaustion, and because of this constant fatigue a lot of us live in a state of semi-seclusion. This goes beyond being an introvert and needing time to recharge. It’s more like living in hermit mode, all the time.
Some empaths also try to push through whenever they feel drained and keep working or socializing, because they feel that’s what is expected of them. This brings on a state of chronic stress and fatigue, and the empath feels like they never have the time or space to fully recharge. Social situations, other people, and demanding jobs drain empaths quickly, and this is extremely frustrating for empaths. Many of us feel like we can’t lead a normal life.
The constant exhaustion empaths experience is actually a problem rooted in boundaries. Many empaths have shaky boundaries, because they received the message in childhood that they weren’t allowed to have boundaries, or they were shamed by their caregivers whenever they tried to assert a personal boundary.
This results in the empath having what I call a “yes-no imbalance” in adulthood. Simply put, we have trouble saying “no” to people, and we usually say “yes” on autopilot.
I talk more about this in the video below:
I’m teaching a new class all about this topic. It’s called “Empaths and Boundaries” and it starts on Wednesday, May 31. I had such a big response to this issue when I brought it up in my last class for empaths on fear of writing, and then I got so many messages afterwards that I knew I had to create a whole separate class around this topic because it was hitting so hard for people.
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Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Energy and Intuition for INFJs, an online course for INFJs on intuition, relationships, creativity, and more. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy.