How do I manage my sensitivities that are intensifying as I age?


I’m an empath in my nineties. How do I manage my sensitivities that are intensifying as I age?


Answer: It is wonderful in so many ways that you are an empath in your nineties. Each day track your energy level with your intuition. Listen to your body and rest when it feels right. Try to get out in nature as much as possible to replenish yourself. Develop a daily meditation practice to center yourself. Do not get angry with yourself because of feeling limited in energy. At times, when your grandchildren visit be sure to take breaks to have alone time, nap and recoup your energy.

Self-care is essential. Each day read and practice a self-care exercise from Thriving as an Empath to keep supporting your own self-care and the kindness you show yourself. Try not to worry too much about anything, and focus on all that is good and beautiful in this world.

To calm stress and sensory overload, as well as to connect with love, I suggest practicing my heart-focused meditation. Begin by doing it once daily. Then you can increase the frequency. I depend on this heart meditation to center myself between patients and throughout the day. To relieve emotional and physical discomfort act quickly and use this meditation.

Close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths to relax. Then place your hand over your heart chakra in the middle of your chest. Focus on an image that makes you happy: a sunset, a daisy, the ocean, a dolphin. Begin to notice a growing sensation of warmth, openness and loving-kindness build in your heart area and flow through your body. Let this feeling soothe you and remove all discomfort. Toxic energy leaves your body as you become purified by love.

Sending my love to you,
Dr. Orloff

Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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