How to Protect Yourself as an Empath


  1. Recognize and appreciate that you are an empath.
    • Read You Might Be An Empath If… and if you connect with most of the characteristics, you are most likely an empath. Understand that many parts of your personality are influenced by this intuitive gift.  Now, accept and acknowledge your abilities and learn how to protect yourself.
  2. Take care of yourself.
    • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.  Water not only flushes out toxins in your body but it can also help flush toxic energy out of your body.
    • Exercise regularly.  Yoga is a great exercise to practice because it helps strengthen your body while also calming your mind.  Walking outside and is also a good option.  It allows you to work your muscles and also connect with nature.
    • Epsom salt baths are a great way to detoxify your body, relieve tension and it also lets you to connect with water, a natural element.
  3. Visualizations 
    • Picturing an Empath Shield in front of your Solar Plexus Chakra will help keep you from picking up other people’s energy.
    • Imagining a Protection Bubble around you will help you block negative energy from coming into your personal space.
    • Spiritual Grounding is a great way to let the world’s energy flow through you, instead of getting trapped in you.  Holding on to other people’s energy can become toxic.
    • When you sense that you are picking up on someone else’s emotions or physical ailments, send it back to them with love.  There is no need for you both to be suffering.  First recognize that it is not your own.  Then, ask God (or the Universe) to surround it with light and return it to the true owner.  Pray for that person and ask God to help them through it.
  4. Create Boundaries
    • Stay away from Energy Vampires (post coming soon), people who make you feel drained.
    • Regularly clear your space of negative energy by smudging.  Read my post, How I Spiritually Clean House, to find out more.
  5. Recharge
    • Empaths can recharge themselves by spending time alone.  Take time to remove yourself from other people’s energy on a regularly basis.  However, there’s no need to become a hermit with all these protection options.
    • Connect with nature by spending time outside or bring nature inside with house plants.
    • Meditation is a great way to cleanse yourself from other people’s energy, relax and recharge.  You can find some great guided meditations on YouTube.  Don’t feel discouraged if it doesn’t work right away for you.  It often takes practice for people to learn how to quiet their minds in order to meditate.  I often say, “If you fall asleep, you’re doing it right.”

You Might Be An Empath If…

An empath is a person who is able to pick up on other people’s energy and can sense their mental and/or emotional state.  Many people don’t even realize they are an empath. Every empath is different but, if you are an empath, you’ll relate to most of the characteristics listed below.


  • Empaths can feel other people’s physical ailments and/or emotional struggles without trying.  This can cause an empath to appear to have sudden “mood swings”.  However, it’s the empath picking up on another person’s energy.
  • They feel emotionally overwhelmed by violent and emotional information from media: the news, movies, books, etc.
  • They can sense when someone is lying.  However, since empaths tend to be kindhearted, they give them the benefit of the doubt and don’t trust the intuitive feeling they are getting.
  • People feel very comfortable speaking with empaths.  It’s very common for people, often strangers, to share their life stories with an empath.
  • Empaths are not good with small talk.  They prefer deep conversation.
  • They can easily read other people’s body language and tone.  This allows them to get more information from people beyond the verbal information that is being shared.
  • Empaths love to help others.  However, they have to be careful to not put the needs of others before their own.
  • They are natural healers and are drawn to professions related to healing like being a nurse, counselor, etc.
  • Because they don’t like being the center of attention, empaths usually don’t know how to receive compliments.
  • Empaths tend to be quiet but, they find it very easy to verbally share their own feelings.
  • They tend to feel uncomfortable, overwhelmed and drained when around large groups of people.  They regularly need time alone to recharge.
  • They feel very close to nature and animals.  Empaths often prefer to spend the time outside and/or around animals rather than indoors and around people.  Being outdoors and around animals can actually help empaths feel recharged.
  • Empaths are natural peacekeepers and avoid confrontation.  When they do get angry, they don’t stay angry for long.  They are quick to forgive.
  • It’s very common for empaths to be creative, imaginative, inquisitive and affectionate.