Empaths are always surrounded by an intense and powerful energy that often magnifies the events around them. It’s a beautiful trait to have but it takes a lot of effort and self-growth to reach a point where it is more helpful than stressful.
They can feel the emotions of everyone around them as if they are going through those emotions themselves. This is an automatic reaction every time they are around people and they don’t have the option of not feeling those emotions. They need to learn to deal with their power properly or the onslaught of emotions will be too difficult to bear.
1. The negativity of other people pulls them down
Everyone is affected by negativity but empaths have to take in a lot more than just their own. Whenever they are around people, feelings are coming in from all sides and not all of them are good. When there is too much negativity, they find it overwhelming. Some find it too hard to even pay attention to the news because they never know when some story will come up that will push them to the brink.
2. It’s hard to find the energy they need to get through the day
It’s hard for empaths to keep up their energy through the day because the people around them are constantly draining it unconsciously. Those who are not aware of their problems might call the shiftless but they are actually putting in more effort than most people. They are constantly shouldering the burdens of others and with all that is pulling them down, it is a miracle that some of them can still soldier on.
3. They often expose falsehoods
Since an empath can always tell what a person is actually feeling, it is not possible to lie to them. They’re not fond of doing it, but they will expose people who aren’t telling the truth. They would prefer to keep away from all the trouble but they feel that it is their duty to guard people. So whenever a person intends something wicked, they will do their best to see that they are not successful.
4. Powerful waves of emotion batter them
When a normal person is faced with other people’s emotions, it washes off them like water of a duck’s back most of the time. But an empath doesn’t have this choice. If people around them are upset, the empath can get unsettled quickly. For them, it’s not easy to let go.
5. It’s not easy for them to refuse something
If an empath is approached by a person with a problem, they’ll more often than not take pity on them and agree to whatever they want even if it is detrimental to them. These are the times when they really have to learn to say ‘no’ clearly. If they agree to someone, they’ll feel that it is unfair to reject another person. This causes a lot of trouble for them.
6. They find it hard to get some alone time
Since they are faced with so many people’s problems, they always have work to do and barely any time to rest and rejuvenate. They need some time in isolation so that they can let go of any emotion that is unsettling them. Otherwise, they will just keep absorbing the negativity.
7. They struggle with anxiety or depression
Most but not all empaths experience symptoms of anxiety and depression. That is obvious because they are sensitive to their and other’s emotions. Often they deal with self-doubt and anxiety. And when they receive anger or disappointment from people, it amplifies their anxiety. Something as small as a bad comment on Twitter can upset them for days. It is not easy for other people to understand why you cannot just get over small things.
Empathy is your power and that makes you a good healer and problem solver. But you give away all your energy to others and end up leaving no emotional space for yourself. Empaths have to learn to prioritize self-care. Otherwise, they may end up with severe mental illness.
8. They Are Susceptible To Addictive Habits
Empaths tend to absorb and feel myriad emotions, so they feel drained out and seek an escape to filter their emotions. They want to protect themselves by blocking out all the emotions. As a self-preservation and survival strategy they resort to smoking, drinking, drugs, sex or any other addictive habit.
9. They struggle to keep jobs
Empaths always do what they love to do and only then they can excel in it. Doing a task they are not enjoying makes them feel like a cheater.
So, if a job becomes monotonous or not enjoyable at all, empaths struggle to hold down that job. Whether it is work, school or home life, they get bored easily.
And needs to be stimulated or do something else to keep themselves entertained. That’s the reason why some empaths switch from one job to another. This is one of the unique struggles of an empath hindering their professional success.
10. They are taken advantage of
Be it friends or family or strangers, everyone depends on an empath to discuss their mental turmoil and unwind their mind. They are least aware that they are dumping everything on an empath and leaving them drained of energy.
If they can face these challenges and make it through, they can achieve more anyone else can with their gift. They are a blessing to have around. If you are an empath, hopefully this article will help you in your struggle.