I think it's a big reason I'm an introvert. I need alone time like I need oxygen. It helps me to reenergize and refocus. I love just getting away from the world to a nice secluded fishing spot or something.
I've also learned some good grounding techniques from a few acquaintances. Walking on the Earth (grass/sand, not concrete) in your bare feet helps. Or grabbing your faucet and holding onto it with your hands. I know that last one sounds a bit nuts, but it works. It's like expelling your excess energy into the ground. And imagine that process happening while you do it. Wearing clear quartz crystal too, like a necklace helps to absorb it.
at one point, it got so bad that I stopped leaving my house...that went on for about 8 months until I decided to do something about it and started meditating and learning ways to ground myself and basically "protect" myself from taking on other people's energy.
Personally, I don't see much benefit in allowing yourself to walk around completely "open" 24/7. It is possible to empathize with others without taking on their "energetic garbage", if that makes sense. You can train yourself to be aware of it, be supportive, etc., without taking on their suffering as your own. Many of the techniques that you can use to protect yourself can also be useful in making sure that you're not subconsciously passing on your own stuff to others.
I've also found the walking barefoot in grass thing to be beneficial for grounding...the faucet idea I've never heard of, but can't wait to try...I'd find it super amusing if it works.
One thing that works for me both ways (keeping other people's stuff out and my own stuff to myself) is visualizing like an egg-shaped energetic barrier around your body. I imagine that mine allows good energy in, and blocks negative energy. There's a bit more to it than that, but you can find a ton of info about it, it's a pretty common method..i felt a bit silly at first, but I gave it a go out of desperation, and found that it actually helped a lot. Meditation works wonders, as well.
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Dr. Judith Orloff is a very wise psychiatrist, who has learned to deal with her own energy vulnerabilities related to her intuitive empathy.
On her website - under section - "Judith's Blogs & Quizzes" - click quiz - "Are you a relationship empath?" - learn if you absorb other people's stress into your own body
Years ago, I really enjoyed reading Dr. Orloff's first book - "Second Sight", in which she describes how she had recurrent psychic experiences, like precognition, when growing up, and many people were "spooked" by her ability. She was a rebellious teenager and came close to dying in a car accident. She was lucky enough to have counseling with a supportive, open-minded psychotherapist, who inspired her to become a psychiatrist. She gives an engrossing account of her training as a psychiatrist, and also discusses her interactions with other highly intuitive people later in life, and she gives suggestions for developing one's own intuitive abilities.
Dr. Orloff has written other good books and also has YouTube videos, in which she offers very useful insight and suggestions regarding dealing with emotions and learning to nurture intuition.
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