What are tips for empaths to cope during holiday festivities?
Empaths have many challenges during the holiday time. Some of our family, friends and co-workers will make you feel positive and elevate your mood. Others will suck optimism and serenity right out of you. Vampires do more than drain your physical energy. The super-malignant ones can make you believe you’re an unworthy, unlovable wretch who doesn’t deserve better. The subtler species inflict damage by making smaller digs which can make you feel bad about yourself. But this is a perfect time to practice the grounding and centering techniques I discuss in The Empath’s Survival Guide. Be sure to meditate before the gathering, centering yourself, connecting to spirit, feeling your heart. Get strong. Also eat some protein to ground the body. At the gathering try not to sit next to the identified energy vampire. Physical closeness increases empathy. Set clear limits and boundaries with people, nicely cutting them off at the pass if they get critical or mean. Practice shielding. And if all else fails, you can always go to the bathroom to meditate or call a friend who can help you ground.