Are you an empath like me and how do you cope in today's world?

Wednesday, August 19th

How are you? Not what you tell people casually at the grocery store or what you convey on social, how are you REALLY doing? Today's episode is a quick check-in of what's been going on in my world and maybe my struggles have been similar to how you've been feeling?

For me there's been ups and downs these past few months of COVID-19 and when things became a little too much for me to handle I reached out to friends. I felt like my emotions were all over the place and I was feeling such anxiety about the future. I was feeling the pain and fear of so many loved ones who have been struggling with so much more. Whether it was illness, loss of jobs and going through the public unrest during the current Black Lives Matter movement. A lot has been happening and I was feeling this need to want to help, but I didn't know how and I felt like at times I couldn't get ahold of my emotions.

That's when I learned it what it meant to be an "empath" (someone who feels others' emotions and their energy). And shout out to my radio colleague Riggs and my best friend Andrea who both recommend the book The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People by Judith Orloff MD.

WOW. It was spot on! HIGHLY recommend reading it if you feel like you're sensitive to other people's emotions.

And give yourself some grace. We are all in this storm, even though we might be in different boats.