It isn't always easy living in a world where you are highly sensitive, especially in a Western Medicine world. As Empaths and Highly Sensitive People it is easy for the us to be misdiagnosed, considered hypochondriacs or simply given too much medicine due to being overwhelmed.
Some Empaths and HSP can also be diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, which is a conditioned associated with higher than normal sensitives and the ability to process sensory stimulation. These people may have sensitivities towards crowds, lights, sound and touch.
Western Medicine lacks to acknowledge that all humans possess an energy field that also needs to be considered when providing treatment for people. It's not just the illness that needs to be treated, but the person in and of itself. In Eastern medicine, not only is the body considered for healing treatment, but the mind and soul are too.
Taking good care of yourself and learning how to protect your energy, instead of constantly being overwhelmed by others is important. It is also important to know what kind Empath you are. Learning this, can help you better understand yourself, protect yourself and still embrace your gifts. Be sure to stay tuned for the next blog that will provide you with a self assessment to help determine what type of Empath you are.
Did you know that you can take on other people's illnesses? Some Empaths are physical empaths and can take on others symptoms that can feel like their own. Common Illnesses that Empaths can be diagnosed with are:
autoimmune diseases such as IBS
agoraphobia aka the fear of going outside
other phobias such as crowds, driving or large events
Being an Empath and HSP isn't about getting medicated, it's about teaching them how to protect themselves, how to take care of who they are and setting firm boundaries.
When turning to traditional Western Medical Doctors, a lot of them turn directly to medicines that provide temporarily relief such as antidepressants and antianxiety medications. This isn't necessarily a good practice because Empaths and Highly Sensitive People are wired differently. They literally have a more sensitive soul and a different brain system. Of course I fully believe there is a place and time for Western Medication and Medical Doctors, but I believe with some different lifestyle changes, setting boundaries and learning about who you are as an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person can make a huge difference in one's day to day living. As Empaths we are a lot more easily sensitized and this means medication as well.
As I talked about in my co-existing podcast I highly recommend working with someone who is a Natural Path Doctor. I suggest working with Dr. Crystal. She has done more for me in such a little time (in less than year), than a team of Western Medical Doctors has done my entire life. You can find her on Instagram at: @dr_crystal_nd. Although she is based out of the GTA in Ontario, I've had much success being treated as a whole with her, rather just an illness.
Protective Action For Empaths and HSP:
Meditate; this helps increase natural painkillers and reduces stress hormones
Rest and surrender a lot; putting yourself is a number priority is the best gift you can give to yourself and the world
Set firm boundaries and remove those who are not on the same energetic level as you
Drink lots of water, bathe in it, swim in it; water is a known cleanser
Ground your energy; walk barefoot on the ground, plant some vegetables, place your hands in soil, get some houseplants
Cord Cutting ceremony; a visual meditation where you picture a separation of or cutting of a cord or string from one person to another. Please find cord cutting ceremony on Empowered Empaths Podcast under the same title as this blog or a quick google search should do the trick
Unplug at night; absolutely no technology, heavy conversations or anything else you find overstimulation right before going to sleep