Empaths are highly attuned to other people's energy, the good and the bad. They feel everything and sometimes to an extreme. Here are 7 signs that you may be an empath.
You have a hard time being around a lot of people
Often times going out in public and being around other people can be totally exhausting for an empath who doesn't know quite what they are or how to shield themselves from other people's energy. An example of this is, going to the grocery store or out shopping, feeling totally fine and then within a short while feeling totally overwhelmed by another emotion that you really cannot explain out of the middle of nowhere. You just know you want to leave.
You crave solitude & it is essential for you to recharge
Because an empath literally has the ability to absorb & transmute other people's emotions and energy, they will crave solitude. Often times, needing a whole day or two to simply recharge and come back into balance with themselves.
You cannot handle negative images on television or in movies
People harming animals or other people... not acceptable when you are an empath. You literally can start crying or feel pain as soon as the image is seen. I remember when I was 14 and I saw a movie where people were left to suffer and ended up passing due to another's egotistical decision, I kept finding myself crying for about 6 hours afterwards. I couldn't help it. It bothered me so deeply.
You feel the need to fix everyone/Everything & you have a hard time with boundaries
Empaths are natural healers and they feel the need to "fix" everyone around them, even as small children they will parent their parents or siblings. Empaths just want everyone to feel better and will do whatever they can, even at their own sacrifice to make sure this happens. Unfortunately, this is a pattern that will continue into adulthood and harm the empath if they do not learn the importance of self love & how to set healthy boundaries.
People just naturally come to you when they need to feel better, even strangers
Empaths often are the ones in the friend circle or family who everyone goes to when they need to simply "feel better". People just naturally are drawn to tell the empath their problems because they know they will feel good afterwards. It is also not uncommon for a total stranger to tell an empath their entire life story. Empath's just intuitively know how to heal others.
You keep your feelings to yourself
You feel everything so deeply, everything. Often times, people who were around you when you were a child or even now label you as being "too sensitive" or "too emotional". Unfortunately, this can make the empath think that there is something wrong with them or that they cannot trust their feelings, so the empath will hold everything inside of them or often supressing all they feel so they can hold it together for everyone else. It is not uncommon for empaths to find themselves drawn to other healers or intuitive's to validate what they feel.
You are highly intuitive & want to help others
Empaths are incredibly intuitive & possess psychic gifts, this is because they feel so deeply. Empaths experience a deep knowing that they are here to help others, though they may not know how at first, they usually just know they are here to help somehow. Many feeling that they have a higher purpose of some kind.
If you relate to any of the signs above, odds are you are most likely an empath. Remember, it is not a curse, it is a gift to feel so deeply. The biggest lesson an empath can learn is self love, boundaries & empowerment. Once these lessons are learned, an empath can lead a more healthy & balanced life.