Are you an empath? Do crowds really stress you out? Do you fee like you absorb other people's energy and take on the stress around you? What if you go to a party or step in to a meeting and get a funny vibe. Not that other people don't feel vibe, but the vibe in a room matters to you a lot! Your body and mind react to it.
An empath is defined by the American Empath Association as someone who understands the mental or emotional states of others in a way that defies conventional science and psychology. Empaths have the ability to sense the feelings, thoughts, and energies of people, plants, animals, places, or objects.
Apparently it can be EXHAUSTING!
Not only that but empaths are in danger of absorbing the stress of other people, and these days, that could be a huge amount of stress. Stress makes you sick, right? Yes. Sooo.....
Dr. Judith Orloff, author of "Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People" came in to the studio to talk to Dr. Wendy about how empaths and other highly sensitive people can protect themselves to stay healthy and happy.
The book provides daily self-care practices like setting strong boundaries, breaking sensory overload, getting out in nature, and self-soothing. She explains so much in her conversation with Dr. Wendy.
One of her best tips is reminding people, " NO is a complete sentence." That's right. You don't owe anyone an explanation most of the time.
Dr. Orloff is a New York Times bestselling author and is on the UCLA psychiatric clinical faculty. She received her medical degree at the University of Southern California School of Medicine and completed her psychiatric residence at UCLA. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and sensitive people in her Los Angeles based private practice.
To learn more about Dr. Orloff or to check out her book, click HERE!
Hear the full interview below!