8) 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.
9) They don’t always know their emotions
This is one of the biggest struggles of an empath. Since they consume hell lot of emotions from other people, they fail to differentiate between emotions of others and their own feelings, thoughts and emotions. This can create trouble at the time of making important life decisions. They may get into wrong path and then regret later.
This is probably the biggest ongoing challenge empaths face. When you’re constantly absorbing emotional information from other people, it can be hard to know what you’re feeling from others vs. your own thoughts and emotions. This can make decisions hard, and sometimes your “feelings” lead you down the wrong path.
10) 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.
11) They need to sleep alone
An empath who has already absorbed emotions of others need to sleep alone. If they sleep next to someone, they will soak more emotional information. The easy way out for them is to have a personal space to rest and sleep. That’s how they can recharge and energise themselves.
But this tendency becomes an issue for empaths in relationships because their partners cannot understand an empath’s need to sleep alone. It can lead to misconception and conflicts in your relationship. Your spouse may think you are not interested in intimacy.
12) 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.
13) 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.
These are the struggles of an empath that go completely unnoticed.
Do you know of any other challenges or faced by an empath?
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