These are tough times for empaths. In a world hammered by political unrest, economic crisis, mass refugee migration and extreme weather – feeling the feelings of others can be super overwhelming and painful. (I say this with the deepest compassion for people directly experiencing these crises, whose suffering is in a whole different class.)
I believe that what’s going on in the world right now is one of the reasons why the field of coaching has burgeoned. It takes a conscious act to stay in balance in these times.
Coaches who stand in their power, hold their center and direct their actions with integrity help others do the same.
Empaths naturally gravitate to fields like coaching as a career. I’m in that subgroup and have always attracted a lot of clients who are too, especially coaches.
If you are an empath, chances are you lose track sometimes of where you begin and end.
Even if this never happens to you, I bet some of your coaching clients can relate and it’s helpful to be aware of the unique challenges that empaths face.
It’s More Critical Than Ever to Regain Your Center
The world needs empathy – and here’s the paradox. For empaths, when the world is most in need is exactly the time we most need to take care of ourselves. We need a strong daily practice to recover our center, boundaries, and vitality. Then we can serve from strength.
Here are 6 ways to recover your center:
Go on a media diet. I’m not just talking about the news. Turn off anything that has an on-off switch. Give yourself a rest from all that frenetic input. If possible do this for a few days or weeks, or at the very least have sacred times to be completely unplugged every day while you’re awake.
Go outside. Become a bird watcher or see shapes in clouds. Spring is a great time for this, but nature calms your nervous system anytime you tap in there. Cultivate an appreciation for natural beauty and let it influence your mind, body and spirit.