Protecting Your Energy When You’re An Empath

Being an empath is a wonderful but exhausting experience. 

Take it from me - being an empath is a wonderful, but absolutely exhausting experience. The ability to feel the energy and emotions of others allows empaths to connect with their peers on a different level to everyone else, but it also comes at a cost of absolute exhaustion and emotional burnout. So, it is essential for empaths to protect their energy.

This guide is all about what it means to be an empath, how you can tell if you are an empath, and what empaths can do to protect themselves and their energy.

What is an Empath?

“The Empath is often said to have such a great degree of empathy that they can literally feel what others feel, and thus intuitively know many of the yearnings, sensitivities, tastes and even thought patterns of the people they're around.” 

Aletheia Luna, Old Souls: The Sages and Mystics of Our World

Even if you have not heard of empaths before, you will have heard of empathy. Whilst having empathy is the ability to tune into a person’s feelings and emotions, being an empath is all this and more. 

Empaths are people who have a higher level of empathy than others. Empaths go further than understanding a person’s feelings, and they actually take on the emotions, desires, wants and needs of another. This ability helps empaths to build strong and lasting relationships, as they connect both cognitively and emotionally with another person. 

So, how do you know if you are an empath?

Signs That You Are An Empath

You have a lot of empathy

That is to say, if someone is experiencing pain or heartbreak, you feel it too. Not on a level where you understand their suffering, but you actually feel it. 

You are intuitive

When the energy in the place or person is off, or you are not getting the whole truth, you know.

Kermit drinking tea - 'when you're an empath and have to pretend yo udon't know what's really going on'

Intimacy can be overwhelming

With such heightened emotions, you can become stressed, worried, and ‘touched out’ in close relationships. You often experience sensory overload in regards to touching or talking, but in telling your romantic partner or close friend this, you take on their hurt feelings. 

You naturally want to heal others

In feeling the emotions of others so deeply, how can you not want to help? You are drawn to caregiving roles and social justice.

woman talking at protest

You have sensory processing issues

Often you will find that certain colours, smells, sounds, and textures leave you feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or triggered. 

Nature grounds you

Places that are calm, natural, peaceful and raw allow your spirit to rest and reset.

woman on lake in boat

You’re the go-to listener

People come to you with their problems, as you help them to feel comforted and supported. 

You avoid conflict

You do whatever you have to to actively avoid confrontation or conflict, as you cannot handle the overload of energy, and it does not take much to hurt your feelings.

You love being alone

With so much out in the world to overload your emotions and sensations, you like to take some time out to relax, recharge, and reset. 

Being an Empath can be Exhausting

As you can see from the above traits of being an empath, it is often emotionally, and physically, exhausting. From people coming to you to ask for advice and imparting their negative emotions on you, to existing in a world full of sensory overload, empaths often feel burnt out.

When this happens, empaths can experience a temporary loss of empathy and compassion. This happens because they are finding it difficult to sort through their own emotions, as well as the emotions of other people. 

So, it is important for empaths to take a step back and take time for themselves to prevent burnout. 

"Though there is a spectrum of sensitivity that exists in human beings, empaths are emotional sponges who absorb both the stress and joy of the world. We feel everything, often to an extreme, and have little guard up between others and ourselves. As a result, we are often overwhelmed by excessive stimulation and are prone to exhaustion and sensory overload."

-Judith Orloff, The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

Protect Your Energy as an Empath By

Staying Grounded

As empaths are always tuned in to higher states of awareness, it is especially important to stay grounded in their bodies and connected to the earth. This is something that is easy to do, yet very rewarding. Empaths can stay grounded by walking in nature, yoga, standing barefoot in the earth, and swimming in natural bodies of water such as oceans and lakes.

Recharging Often

Empaths are so giving to others, that often they forget to give back to themselves. Empaths need to engage in activities that are purely for them, to replenish their energy.


It is hard for empaths to take a step back from others, but they need to learn that it is ok to say no. As empaths have such sensitive energy fields, they need to avoid people and situations that they know are harmful to them. 


One small step that empaths can take to protect their energy field is using crystals.

Ethan Lazzerini, author of: Psychic Protection Crystals: The Modern Guide To Psychic Self Defence With Crystals For Empaths and Highly Sensitive People, says:

“The truth is we live in a Universe made of energy. Everything is energy and no energy is truly separate from other forms of energy. You and the world around us are also part of this sea of energy. Most of this energy is not seen or even sensed by our five senses.”

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Crystals For Empaths

These are the crystals that Mana Moon recommends for empaths:

Grounding: Smoky Quartz (psychic protection, grounding, cleansing of negativity, spirit communication)

Recharging: Red Jasper (physical strength and vitality, stabilisation of one’s energies)

Protecting: Black Tourmaline (grounding, cleansing of energy field)

If you are an empath, take these steps and you will be balanced, healthy, and happy. 

The Balanced, Energy Protected Empath

When an empath is balanced and protected, they are an incredible soul to behold. They will radiate divine light and unconditional love effortlessly, and be able to comfort, help and heal others, without taking on their emotions. A protected empath will sense the energies around them without being negatively affected by them, and be able to set boundaries with compassion. Finally, a balanced empath will fulfil their passion, and their life mission, together.