Empath Burnout: Harness the Power of Empathy Without Damaging Your Mental and Physical Health

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Do you identify as an empath? Many empaths struggle with empath burnout, but it it doesn’t have to be that way.

Being an empath means you have a unique capacity to understand or feel what other people are experiencing. You’re able to truly understand what others are going through. 

But being an empath can also come with an immense amount of struggle. The empath’s nervous system is often hyperaware, continually scanning the environment for cues of other people’s emotional states and nervous system states. 

Not only can you feel the positive emotions of others, but you pick up on negative emotions as well, which can affect your own wellbeing. You may even struggle to distinguish which emotions are yours and which belong to someone else. 

Always picking up on other’s emotions can have a lasting toll on your physical health and mental wellbeing. Some people refer to this as empath burnout. The world needs caring and empathetic people like you. But, this can lead to struggles with emotional dysregulation, anxiety, and troubles separating your own emotional state from others’. 

If your empathy for others often leads you to shut down, go into survival mode, and experience chronic pain and stress, we can help. 

The following signs and symptoms indicate that your highly empathic nature negatively affects your nervous system health. Do you experience any of the following?

✔️ Sleep problems and daytime fatigue⁣

✔️ Hypersensitivity to sensory experiences (e.g., sight, sound, smell, tastes, textures) 

✔️ Emotional dysregulation⁣ (e.g., anger outbursts, anxiety, depression, excessive crying, mood swings)

✔️ Attention / concentration problems⁣ 

✔️ Uncontrollable cravings and extreme appetite changes⁣

Avoid Empath Burnout: Harness the Power of Empathy While Healing Yourself

These symptoms indicate that your sensitivity to other people’s emotional states is damaging your mental and physical health in the long run. But what if you could harness the power of your empathy without the negative impact on your own wellbeing? 

The key to avoiding empath burnout is to create a resilient and regulated nervous system, one that can not only protect you from stress but can regulate others as well. Not only will you understand others’ emotions, but you’ll be able to create a sense of calm and safety whenever they are in your presence. 

This is known as co-regulation: The ability to keep yourself calm and regulated while also influencing others’ physical and emotional states. 

The ability to co-regulate others is one of the secrets to living a successful personal and successful life. Imagine if you could understand what others are feeling and influence the way they are feeling as well? How much more success could you have in your business if clients and colleagues felt a sense of clarity and calm in your presence? How much would this ability impact your relationship with your spouse, family, and friends? 

Discovering Nervous System Regulation for Yourself

If you’re interested in: 

  • Ending the negative impact that empathy has on your mental and physical health
  • Becoming more than just an empath, but a person who can create a sense of clarity and calm in your relationships
  • The first step is to discover your current state of nervous system dysregulation. 

Take the first step by taking our free Nervous System Review:

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About the Author

Dr. Linnea Passaler

Dr. Linnea Passaler

Dr. Linnea and the HYNS team help highly-driven, highly-sensitive women heal from anxiety, stress, and emotional reactivity without drastic life changes or hours of meditation and talk therapy by harnessing the power of the Nervous System.