I was told this week that I may suffer Empathy Overload… Really!!! is there such a thing?
Can one person truly care too much?
Part of our design as humans is we have an ability to empathise with people who are suffering within our own society.
“Empathy is necessary for compassion” – So how are we able to care and not take on what seems to be overwhelm? It seems that by experiencing quite horrific things in our lifetime has us feeling from the depths of our souls and this total overload of empathy is something we can not seem to control. So what I've learnt is that we need to find other ways to take our minds away from those sad experiences happening around us, In our community and also on a Global scale. Being able to empathise is a good thing… as long as we are able to stay grounded and focus on how we can help not only ourselves, but others who feel they need to share their concerns with someone.
A walk out in the Fresh air – bringing our thougths back to nature and the love of what we have in our life, sheer gratitude for all the beauty that God has blessed us with. Spring is a wonderful time for this as we see the new beauty unfold before our eyes, what a wonderful calming feeling.
Taking ourselves away from all media – not just television, but all media. this is something I practise often. I do not watch TV much at all, the little news I see is usually as I turn on my computer to check emails and that is enough for me. We are driven by what the media claims to be compelling news. I understand that those watching negative things all the time would have them being negative, but what would happen if we were fed positive news? wouldn't that have us all thinking positively?… we all need to turn the switch to off at least a few times a week or even once a day and head outside to enjoy our beautiful world.
Spending time with and on Self – How much time do we spend just being… a time to rest, a time for peace within. Learning meditation and relaxation techniques can help here. This is something I too needed to learn. Take time for me. I now make special times for me to have a massage, get my hair done, have lunch with a friend, remembering to laugh… yes a good belly laugh will help those happy endorphins to explode within and take away any negatives or fears. It always makes me feel good 🙂
The best tip is to keep your understanding and perceptions of the other’s experience, but stay with your own detached experience at the same time. That’s called compassion.
Do you feel like the world has become too busy that no-one wants to listen or has the time to listen, or maybe even that they might not understand or can empathise with your concerns, then I might just have the answer for you. I have created a quiet space for you to talk with me about what's happening in your life. A private ear to listen, they say a problem shared in a problem halved.
Until next time.
Love and Blessings