Dive deep into yourself, and try to understand that whether what you are feeling, are those feelings yours or someone else’s. If you were alright before and in a good mood, and suddenly you start feeling lost and sad, the moment someone else entered into the picture, that’s evidence enough that you are taking on other people’s feelings.
And this is why setting personal boundaries is so important, and it doesn’t make you a bad or selfish person either. As an empath, self-love and self-care are incredibly important for your mental and emotional well-being, and you should never feel guilty for putting yourself first sometimes. You are always there for everyone, but you also need to be there for yourself too.
Energy vampires are everywhere, and in order to protect your energy and happiness from them, you need to take a step back sometimes and do what makes you feel at peace.
If you want to be alone to recharge yourself, then do so by all means. Solitude can help empaths take better care of themselves, and is probably the best thing for them. Especially if you have already helped someone deal with their emotional turmoil, and helped them unload their struggles. You deserve to take care of yourself, just the way you take care of others; remember you cannot pour from an empty cup.
When things get too toxic and overwhelming, don’t push yourself to keep on helping someone, as this way, you won’t really be of much help to them. Take a step back, and take a deep breath, and focus on yourself for a change.
It’s okay to give importance to your feelings. It’s okay to prioritize yourself sometimes. It’s okay to want to stay away from negative energy. And most importantly, it’s okay to take a break sometimes.
When you think about it, you will probably end up being a better support system for your loved ones, if you take proper care of yourself. This way, you will be able to help more, because you are not drained and exhausted anymore; you will be pouring from a full cup, instead of an empty one. Being an empath, and showing compassion towards others takes a lot of strength, and you should never be ashamed of that.
Be proud of the fact that you are an empath, use this magic of yours to make the world a better place, but never forget to also treat yourself with the same love and kindness.