Did You Know Being An Empath Can Lead To Fatigue, Insomnia & Exhaustion? Here’s How

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Let’s face it, being an empath is not easy. It’s simultaneously like a superpower and a curse. On the one hand, you have an incredible ability to see things through other people’s eyes and completely understand their feelings and perspective as if they were your own. But on the other hand, you’re like a sponge, constantly absorbing the energy of others, which can be quite draining.

Some empaths always put the feelings of others before their own until they lose a little bit of themselves. This can have serious consequences, and lead to fatigue, isomnia and exhaustion. Here’s how.

What Is Empathy?

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Külli Kittus / Unsplash

According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, there are two meanings to the word “empath.” Both of the definitions show how an empath completely embodies the eyes, feelings, perception, and baggage of another person. It’s like for a moment they step out of their own bodies and into that of another.
  1. The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.
  2. the imaginative projection of a subjective state into an object so that the object appears to be infused with it