However, when you feel protected and safe in our own energetic field, you can then take charge of your sensitivities rather than feeling victimized by them. In the reclamation of your own energy, it is important to identify some common factors that contribute to an energetic overload. The sooner implement a practice of energetic awareness, the more grounded and protected you will be.
Practice a Shielding Visualization
Shielding is a way to protect yourself. Many empaths and sensitive people rely on it to block out toxic energy while allowing more positive thoughts to flow. The moment you’re uncomfortable with a person, place, or situation, call on your shield. Use it anywhere you may get bombarded by emotions that aren’t yours or aren’t healthy. Begin by taking a few deep, long breaths. Then visualize a beautiful shield of white or pink light completely surrounding your body and extending a few inches beyond it. This shield protects you from anything negative, toxic, or intrusive that isn’t yours to deal with. Within the protection of this shield, you'll feel centered, happy, and energized. This shield serves to block out negative emotions or sensations, but at the same time, you can still feel healthy and loving emotions from those around you.
Define and Express your Relationship Needs
Knowing your needs and being able to assert them is a strong form of self-protection for empaths. Once you master this, you can be in your full power in a relationship. If something doesn’t feel right, raise the issue with your partner rather than suffer silently. Finding your voice is equivalent to finding your power—otherwise, you may become exhausted, anxious, or feel like a doormat in relationships where your basic needs are not being met. Speak up to safeguard your well-being.
Set Energetic Boundaries at Work and Home
Empaths often suffer when they absorb the stress from their surroundings. Another challenge can be deciphering what is and isn’t your energy. The workplace especially can be noisy and overstimulating. To protect your energy level in an emotionally demanding or crowded environment, surround the outer edge of your space with plants and family or pet photos to create a small psychological barrier. Sacred objects such as a statue of Quan Yin (the goddess of compassion), the Buddha, sacred beads, crystals, or protective stones can also set an energetic boundary.