7 Ways Being An Empath Can Harm Your Health

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Negative Health Consequences of Being an Empath (And Ways To Help)
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Being an empath is not easy.

What is an empath, and how does being an empath affect your health?

Empaths are unique individuals in that they possess the ability to feel the emotional or mental state of another person.

At times, being an empath is exhausting, both emotionally and mentally — and some situations and circumstances can be more draining than others. Empaths tend to be more reactive physically to stress as opposed to others who are not empaths.

In other words, empaths have a tendency to react to stress in physiologically, which can have physical health consequences or repercussions.

​An empath’s body reacts strongly to stressful events or situations in comparison to someone who isn't an empath.


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What types of physical health problems can empaths experience?

  1. Chronic Pain: Generalized pain and/or weakness throughout the body
  2. Chronic Illness: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  3. Autoimmune Diseases: Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome
  4. Low Back Problems: Arthritis, Spondylosis, Degenerative Disc Disease
  5. Gastrointestinal Problems: Allergy to certain spices or foods, irritable bowel syndrome
  6. Inflammation
  7. Headaches/Migraines

These are some general conditions that can potentially lead to more serious or life-threatening conditions if empaths don’t tend to their needs in a balanced way.

Oftentimes, empaths are consumed by taking on the emotional roller coasters of others that they forget that they are still human and need to tend to themselves.

Self-care is an easy thing to forget about, especially when you are consumed by others emotions and feelings. It can be quite overwhelming to take on your own feelings and emotions let alone yours and someone else’s emotions and feelings.


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Here are some self-care ideas for empaths that can quickly and easily benefit your mental and physical health:

  • Take a walk.
  • Read a good book.
  • Take a nap.
  • Slow down and be present.
  • Make and listen to a playlist of your all-time favorite songs.
  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Go for a drive or a ride on the train.
  • Get a massage.
  • Write down 3-5 reasons why you are or should be proud of yourself.
  • Create a bucket list.
  • Make a list of fears and conquer 1 each week or month (you decide).
  • Take some time off from social media.
  • Indulge in a guilty pleasure.

There are so many more self-care ideas available to you. Empaths have to be balanced and feeling right in order for them to be of any help to others. Additionally, empaths have the tendency to avoid their own issues by focusing on someone else’s.

This also goes hand in hand with self-care or lack thereof. If you are like this, you will inevitably burn out or have a nervous breakdown. One of the cons of being an empath is feeling emotionally and mentally drained if we do not properly address our own needs.

You are the driver of your life and it is up to you to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. If empaths don’t take care of themselves, they will be doing more harm than good to their body.

As a result, the likelihood of helping or being there for someone in need may not be an option if the empath is not in good health. You are no good to anyone else if you are not in good health or in a good place yourself.   


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Brittney Lindstrom is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

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