Empaths, as well as highly sensitive people (HSP), are of course, different from the rest but this is in more ways than you may realize. Many end up suffering from anxiety or depression, due to their overwhelming sense of other people’s emotions.
Anxiety is a mental illness that tricks us into thinking we are in danger or something bad is going to happen even when it isn’t. For instance, someone with anxiety will obsess over something small as if it were something big. Even the tiniest thing can be a HUGE issue.
This happens to empaths and HSP frequently because being in crowds and around lots of new people is quite overwhelming. Empaths struggle with this because they are forced to be around so much energy and so many different emotions that they cannot handle. It makes them anxious and unable to really cope.
They stress while in crowds, at the idea of having to be in a crowd, and everything in-between. When we are dealing with this kind of intense triggering of our fight or flight mode it releases adrenaline and when that happens too much we become more overwhelmed with anxiety than, to begin with. See, it doesn’t really workout at all.
As an empath or HSP, you need to be able to separate yourself from other people on a mental level so that the physical level does not affect you so drastically. I know this is something that is easier said than done. This is the easiest way to begin to overcome this anxiety.
“Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.”
― Anthon St. Maarten
There have actually even been studies done on how empaths or highly empathetic people are more susceptible to anxiety, social anxiety, and even depression. One study in particular published in the Journal of Psychiatry actually went so far as to indicate that empaths can even become ill from their over caring nature.
As an empath or a HSP, you need to be able to understand properly your emotional limits and be able to find a proper outlet to help you work through your anxiety. Managing your anxiety is quite possible and will benefit you greatly.
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