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Are You an Empath?

Being an empath means seeing and feeling the world differently compared to others. While there is no "one test" you can take to determine you are an empath, there are several key signs that are very good indicators of empathy. The more traits you can identify with, the greater chance you are an empath.

In this article, we will cover the characteristics and traits of an empath to help you decide whether you are one.

woman empath

What is an Empath?

An empath is a highly intuitive person who is attuned to the feelings and emotions of those around them. Empaths feel what another person is feeling at a deep emotional level as if it were their own. They also have the ability to see another person's perspective even if they have never experienced it before, allowing them to fully understand where another person is coming from.

Their ability to understand the feelings of others, however, can be very challenging at times and incredibly draining as they tend to absorb other people's emotional energy, feeling their pain as well as their happiness.

Traits and Characteristics of Empaths:

They Take on The Emotions of Others

This is the most important trait of an empath. Empaths feel the emotions of others so deeply that sometimes they can feel physical pain in their bodies as well as mental distress. This can take its toll and cause chronic fatigue and other illnesses. Many empaths experience anxiety, depression, mood swings, to name a few, in response to the energy they take on from others.

They Have Strong Intuition

Empaths usually have a strong sense of intuition and can tell when something feels "off" with an individual or when they are lying. They can notice the energetic change in a room and can sense the moods of those around them, which usually can't be felt by others. Empaths "know" without having any evidence or proof to back up how they feel, and their knowing is usually accurate.

They Are Easily Overwhelmed

Empaths generally don't like large crowds as it can make them feel overwhelmed. They are affected by the energies of all the people around them, all at once, which can be very draining. Many empaths, therefore, prefer one-on-one interactions because it is easier for them to deal with the level of emotions they absorb.

They Are Good Listeners

People come to empaths with their problems because they are good listeners. They can intuitively sense what someone is trying to express and are able to connect on a deeper level, which in turn, attracts those in need to them. They provide a good shoulder to cry on and can make a person feel heard as well as understood.

They Need Solitude and Peace

Personal space and solitude are very important to empaths. Being around people is draining so empaths need a place to go to, alone, where they are not bombarded by others' energies. Solitude is a time of detox from all the energy they have picked up and having a safe place to go to is a must.

They Love Nature and Animals

Nature and animals recharge the batteries of empaths. While so much of life can be draining, mother nature works to rebalance empaths' personal energy and can be a form of cleansing. Empaths are also particularly good with animals and spending time with them is very relaxing, soothing, and a great time out.

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Protection & Self-Care for Empaths

Empaths absorb many different energies as they go about their daily lives which can have an impact on their physical, mental, and emotional health. If you are an empath and have identified with the above traits & characteristics, it's crucial you learn how to protect your own energy. Empathy is a gift that must be managed properly so you can balance and control the amount of emotions you take on. There are many ways to protect your energy from the use of crystals, herbs, essential oils to visualization & meditation. Regardless of what methods you choose to use, they are vital acts of self-care and ways to help you manage your gift. We will explore a few protection tools below:

Shielding Exercise

This is the most important type of protection for empaths.

1. Visualize a white light glowing from the Solar Plexus (located between the belly button and sternum)

2. See it expand slowly and fill up every part of your body, from head to toe

3. Visualize it shining beyond your physical body and create a shield all around you

4. See yourself in this shield/bubble of light, fully protected

5. Do this every morning

Crystals for Empaths

Crystals are great because they are so versatile and can be incorporated into your practice in so many ways. Here are a few:

1. Hematite: can help absorb negative energy and calms you down when you're stressed or worried. Hematite is also a protective stone that may help you stay grounded in a variety of situations

2. Black Tourmaline: is highly regarded as a powerful cloak of protection that eliminates unwanted energies


Empathy is often described as a curse as well as a gift, which can make life challenging at times. Empaths have to learn how to protect their own energies and set healthy boundaries for their overall well-being & mental health.

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