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5 Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress as an Empath

by Jocelyn Dietrich A few years ago I had no idea what an empath was…let alone that I was one myself. Cue a powerful spiritual awakening and here we are today. The truth of the matter is that I soak up energies like a sponge. This makes it hard to decipher what is my own energy field and what is some other negative energy is attached to me. I easily and willingly gave away my peace and power every day. Despite how lovely the holidays can be – social gatherings always left me feeling drained and icky, like a battery that desperately needed charging. Does this feel like you over the busy holiday season? If so, I have compiled a list of things that might help to make this busy time of year a little less draining for you and your loved ones. 1. Meditate: Sit down in a quiet spot where you can have some uninterrupted time to feel into your energy for the day. Set the intention for how you would like to start and finish your day. This seems like something so simple but for those of us with the ever present “monkey mind” it can actually be quite difficult to shut down and be present. Set aside 5-10 minutes morning and night and feel your worries drain away. Focus on your breathing and creating a beautiful white light all around you. Set the intention to cut the cords of anything around you that will not serve you in a positive manner. 2. Set clear boundaries: Deciding on how to spend your time over the holidays is one of the hardest choices, especially for families that have to split their time and energy into several different locations. You need to be able to be met half way with this. If a time or location does not work for you – let them know! Nothing good comes 14

from bottling up how you feel and just attending every function until you are run ragged. You also shouldn’t feel obligated to attend every single function on your list. Pick the most important to you and be present (mind, body and soul) at those gatherings. 3. Intuitive Eating: For some people holiday time can trigger some anxiety over things like holiday weight gain. As a recovering food addict this is something that I feel to my core. I have dealt with an ongoing sugar addiction for most of my life. During the holidays I would be left with tight jeans and nasty candida infections from eating too much sugar. With that being said, really be intentional and intuitive with your food choices. Make sure to hydrate constantly with water or herbal teas. Try to sit at a table with friends or family so that you can enjoy the conversation and pleasure of company rather than focusing on just the food. Try to eat as whole and healthy as possible in-between the parties. Don’t feel forced or obligated to eat or not eat something. Also, don’t beat yourself up or feed into negative self talk and thoughts over your food choices at this time. Just get back into your normal healthy routine on the next day. 4. Schedule down time: This goes without saying but rest and relaxation are very important. You have to be able to recharge your batteries and let go of yesterday’s energies. Whether it be an afternoon, evening or full day – Intentionally schedule time to refill your cup by doing as little as possible. Read a good book, catch up on your favourite shows or take a cat nap. 5. Fresh Air: I feel a personal connection to being outside and with nature. I think this is something that is missing in our lives today. Take some time Dec / Jan 2019

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Infinity December / January 2019  

Infinity is a bi-monthly Health & Wellness Magazine, based in Ohio, USA, reaching globally to all corners of the Earth. Designed to promote...

Infinity December / January 2019  

Infinity is a bi-monthly Health & Wellness Magazine, based in Ohio, USA, reaching globally to all corners of the Earth. Designed to promote...

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