(And a tool you can use to reset yourself.)
The empathic employee feels everyone in the workplace and sometimes their moods or health are affected by it. Empathy, when directed and understood, is a super power and workplaces without at least one empathic or sensitive person are missing out on something special. Sometimes they’re the glue that holds it all together, and on days when staff are struggling, it’s often the empathic or sensitive staff member who knows ‘just what to say’ to get that person back into themselves and back on track to carry on with the work day.
Empaths just need to know where they end and where everyone else starts so they can conserve energy, and not become too embroiled in saving other staff members from themselves. They can be big over-givers which can become very depleting.
People don’t necessarily recognise themselves as Empaths or sensitive people because they’re just busy doing life, so here’s a mini guide:
When people recognise their empathy is of value and can be a bit of a superpower, they’re winning and everyone benefits. If you think you have an empathic person in your workplace who could benefit from knowing a few ways to conserve their energy or gather their thoughts, here’s a handy tip to re-centre - you can pop it on a noticeboard:
MINI ENERGY RESET (for everyone):
If you’ve been avoiding anything, it’s sitting in the background draining some energy from you at all times. So do take action on it to ‘close’ that tab.
Brain Scientist Jill Bolte-Taylor said in her book, A Stroke of Insight, ‘Many of us think of ourselves as thinking creatures who feel, but we are actually feeling creatures who think.’
She also said ‘We are 100% responsible for the energy we bring into a room.’
If you appreciate their characteristics and look after the empathic and sensitive people in your workplace, you’ll create a more empowered team.
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I am an empath. Empaths often struggle silently feeling like the one out of place in a world that’s a wee bit too hurt, too loud, too busy, and too fast.
Sometimes, we are all good, and other times we feel too much and because it's still not a thing that's talked about often, sometimes think we’re the only ones feeling it. We can be empaths without realising, because we've just never named it before, and perhaps have been told we're too sensitive.
I don't know about you, but I’ve been the person who shields myself from the world in the pages of a book. I’ve left movies early, I’ve known too much about people instead of just meeting them and giving them a polite nod like others seem to do.
We are often more into animals than people because peopling is too hard - and if we’re into people, we often want to heal all the people in the world. We love our worlds to feel right and be gentle, so that's why harshness can be a challenge.
Depending on where we are at with our energy, Empaths and Sensitives either need to sit in a particular place to scope out the room and people watch, or we need the softest, most haven like corner for our retreat/nurture mode.
We love cushions, but not just because cushions look nice, they must be soft and functional because they often end up on the lap, blocking the tummy from having to deal with the world and all it’s ‘stuff’. Do you do this? It's really common. Blanket forts were part of it, and they were BIG in my childhood. Once we know everyone else feels ok and we’re in that safe (familiar) space or feeling, comfort is G O O D.
Since we love having our favourite place to sit, our experience can be a bit discombobulating if we end up sitting elsewhere. If we’ve bonded with a cafe for example and can’t get our usual spot, it’s not uncommon for us to say ‘How dare they be at OUR table?’ (And no matter how light-heartedly it’s said/meant, it’s actually describing a really feeling experience.)
We often people watch because we’re hyper-vigilant, it’s just in our natures to observe.
We like our bubble of energy to be in the place that fits it best - an essential cosy, perfectly positioned orbit.
So I hope your today is full of the softest cushions and the gentlest love.
Ignoring sensitivity and telling people it's a weakness is linked to fear and getting rid of powerful people: the healers, the midwives, the advocates, the wise women, and too, the sensitive men who were seers, medicine men, witch doctors. Suppressing sensitivity because there is nowhere safe to feel it or discuss it, means we miss out on a superpower we could use to change our lives and the world.
It's the old way to force conformity on the diverse and fascinating people of the world, we are capable of so much more than one straight, structured path. There is no excuse for teaching the visionaries to sit still and follow 'the way it is'. They need to develop the way it *could* be - their multidimensional capabilities and innovate - that's why they are visionaries!
Repressed sensitivities contribute to depression and anxiety. We need to be safe to be who we are. As we reclaim and start to understand our sensitivity as a superpower, the 'feeling' people rise.
It's not ok to be physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually shamed about your gifts.
Empathy and sensitivity are superpowers and it is time for them to BREATHE AND FLY.