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1st Oct 2021

Self-Care for the Empathic Person with Sarah Granahan

What are some of the skills and abilities of empathic people? How can empaths learn to protect their energy and harness their empathy? Why are nature and water essential to self-care for an empath?

MEET SARAH GRANAHAN

Sarah Granahan is the Founder of Color My Spirit, LLC - an organization she created in 2012 to offer inspiration, motivation & self-healing to people. Sarah is an Energy & Intuitive Coach with training as a Holy Fire® Reiki Master/Teacher (RMT), Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice (HTP-A), Hypnotherapist, Integrative Health Coach, and Healy Practitioner. Her gifting includes being an Intuitive Empath, Shaman, Medium, Animal & Child Messages & Energy Worker, and Wellness Coach.

Sarah treats people with sleep disturbances, anxiety, pain, grief, wound healing, fatigue, or side effects from medication and chemotherapy. She also offers sessions for people who want to explore their shadows and clear old energy to support their general well-being. In 2020, Sarah expanded her practice and opened Color My Spirit Wellness - a place where alternative & holistic practitioners can gather to treat clients on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels to encourage alignment and balance.

Visit her website. Connect on Facebook, Twitter, or subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, give her practice a call at 919-803-8085 or email her at sarah@colormyspirit.com.

IN THIS PODCAST:

  • What is an Empath?
  • Some top self-care tips for empaths
  • Intention is important

WHAT IS AN EMPATH?

With an empathic person, or an empath, they take it to a whole other sensory and processing level. It’s a heightened sense of awareness that they have with their surroundings, the people that they’re around, the environments they find themselves in. (Sarah Granahan)

An empath will not only feel the emotions of the people around them, but they may take it on as their own and carry the emotional weight that does not belong to them.

It can become difficult for them to distinguish between what their emotions are and the emotions that they feel that belong to or come from other people.

However, being an empath is a gift, and it is something to be celebrated.

It is a gift. It’s a way to determine and get a heads up on things and something I keep in my tool belt when I’m at work, or in my friend circle, or just a way that I can help myself feel better and maintain my health instead of having these waves of up and down all the time. (Sarah Granahan)

Some signs of having the empathic ability:

  • Feeling deeply connected to being outside and in nature
  • Having the feeling of carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders
  • Crying easily
  • Being worried and concerned about your loved ones
  • Treating pets like family
  • Being more compassionate and caring for your loved ones than most people around you
  • Getting tired easily from spending time with energetically demanding people
  • Becoming emotional when watching movies and tv shows
  • Mimicking and picking up on other people’s illnesses and physical pains

SOME TOP SELF-CARE TIPS FOR EMPATHS

Emotions are very much so cleansed by water. Empaths may be very attracted to being around lakes and water … its because water is a very big healer and clearer of our emotional field. (Sarah Granahan)
  1. Positive self-talk is essential.
  2. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water.
  3. Taking care to get enough quality sleep and time resting.
  4. Spending time in nature to ground energy and decompress from people.
  5. Setting healthy boundaries, pulling back from people-pleasing, and learning how to say no.
  6. Practice journaling to let go.
  7. Planning for emotional overload. If you have had a busy time, plan some space for yourself at the end to replenish yourself.
  8. Practice distinguishing between your emotions and energy and those of other people.
  9. Work with visualizing techniques. Imagine the person you want to become and the life you want to lead, and take small steps every day towards those goals.

INTENTION IS IMPORTANT

If these ideas are new to you, or you are struggling with implementing them, start simple and focus on intention.

It is your intention to get better, reclaim your energy, and replenish yourself. You intend to learn how to protect your energy, set healthy boundaries, and put yourself first which will teach those around you to do the same.

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Resources Mentioned And Useful Links:

An effective and practical framework for managing stress by Dr. Nina Ahuja

BOOK | Judith Orloff – The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

Youtube video: The Golden Movement with Sarah Granahan

Free 8 Week Email Course with Lisa Lewis

Practice of the Practice Podcast Network

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About the Podcast

The Holistic Counseling Podcast
Answering the call to build your holistic practice
The Holistic Counseling Podcast hosted by Chris McDonald, a Licensed Professional Counselor, inspires mental health therapists to explore treatment options outside the realm of traditional therapy. Yes, Chris knows all about the stigmas attached to holistic therapy, yet she also knows how the client benefits far outweigh the looks, what-ifs, and worries about what people will think of you as a Mental Health Professional.

With a 200-hour Yoga Teacher and Group Practice Owner to her name, Chris specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief in young adults. She has seen firsthand how beneficial mindfulness, relaxation skills, meditation, and yoga have been in supplementing traditional therapy - especially in today’s world.

If you’re a Mental Health Therapist looking for the most up-to-date holistic treatments and wanting to learn how to integrate them into treatments, The Holistic Counseling Podcast is just for you! Chris helps you take your practice to the next level with a thriving holistic counseling service that you can give with confidence. Are you ready?

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Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holistic provider with a group practice, “Path to Hope Counseling” in North Raleigh. She is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and offers gentle yoga classes, workshops and private yoga sessions. She specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and grief in young adults in transition. She teaches clients relaxation skills, mindfulness, meditation and uses Brainspotting in treatment of trauma. Chris also offers Therapy for Therapists and wrote the book “Holistic Self-Care for Counselors.” She is passionate about helping other Mental Health Therapists and created “The Holistic Counseling Podcast.” Her favorite holistic daily rourtines include yoga and meditation.