What it's Like To Be an Empath

What it's Like To Be an Empath

We're a special type of people!
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So, if you've never heard of an empath or what it means to be one, let me tell you a little bit about them. Empaths are affected by other people's energies, and your life is unconsciously influenced by others' thoughts, moods, and feelings. They tend to feel more of what is around them rather than what's inside of them, so they tend to ignore their own needs. They kind of absorb the feelings and moods from another person and convey them themselves. Interesting, right? Here's a little bit of what it's like to be an empath:

1. Being in public places can be overwhelming

Do you get nervous when you end up being surrounded by what feels like a million people? Places like malls, and stadiums can overwhelm an empath with emotions from those surrounding them.

2. You feel others emotions and take them on as your own

This is a big part of being an empath. These emotions are absorbed and conveyed through the empath.

3. You can pick up physical symptoms off another person

It's kind of like sympathy pains. They can develop cold symptoms, or aches and pains that another person is having--especially if they have a close relationship to this person.

4. They always look out for the underdog

Anybody who is suffering emotionally or being bullied will always draw the attention of an empath. They have great attention and compassion.

5. Drawn to healing, holistic therapies

They would love to heal others, but surprisingly many end up turning away from being one.

6. They're creative

Empaths always have a vivid imagination. Singing, dancing, performing, drawing...anything to keep the mind going!

7. Love all things nature and animals

Pets are essential, and being outdoors is a must!

8. They get bored easily if they aren't stimulated

Work, school, and home life has to keep the empath interested or they will switch from focusing to daydreaming or doodling.

9. Find it impossible to do things they can't enjoy

Many empaths are labelled as lazy for this reason. If they don't like it, they don't see the reason behind it.

10. Finds routines and rules imprisoning

If it takes away their freedom, they don't like it.

11. They're great listeners

They tend not to talk about themselves unless it's to someone they really trust. They love to learn about others and genuinely care.

12. They really don't like narcissism

Though empaths tend to be really tolerant of others, they can't stand an overly egotistical person. They don't like how they put themselves before others and don't consider others' viewpoints.

13. Love to daydream

It's pure bliss for an empath to wander off for hours in the depths of their minds!

14. Need some quiet time

Empaths will go stir-crazy if they don't get some alone time. It's very important to them.

15. People tend to offload their problems onto you

Empaths can be sort of a dumping grounds for other peoples' problems, and if they aren't careful it can become their own.

Do you find that you relate to any of these? I definitely do! I find myself to be a true empath, and we are a special type of people!

Cover Image Credit: Little Shaman

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The health benefits of eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables

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Does everyone know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but do you know why they are considered to be nutritious?

Some may believe the answer is because they have low caloric value, which isn't wrong but they provide so much more. They possess phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant foods that provide the fruit and vegetables their color, taste, and odor. More than that, each phytochemical comes with its health benefits.

There are seven mechanisms of action or ways that phytochemicals are beneficial to our health.

They can either act as antioxidants which help to prevent damage to healthy cells, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative, support our immune system, trigger apoptosis or programmed cell death, protect our DNA, regulate hormones and finally, some may have the ability for specific actions, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

Below is a list of phytochemicals:

1. Carotene 

Alpha and beta carotene give fruits and vegetables an orange or yellow color. Some examples of foods that are high in beta carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers of those colors.

Carotene, when ingested, is converted into Vitamin A that your body can easily absorb and utilize. Carotene has been scientifically proven to help eye and heart health as well as support our immune system by acting as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and possessing chemo-preventive factors.

2. Lycopene 

Think tomatoes. The phytochemical lycopene is responsible for the red color in whole plant foods. The health effects are acting as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative but also good for DNA and urinary tract health. What's cool about lycopene is that no matter how you prepare your food, you don't lose any of the nutrients.

3. Chlorophyll 

Eat your greens. Chlorophyll-rich foods appear green. Some excellent sources include dark leafy greens and broccoli. Chlorophyll, like the other phytochemicals are known to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative. Choosing foods that have a rich and vibrant color indicate that is a good source of that phytochemical.

So, next time you're in the produce aisle, be sure to choose your colors wisely.

4. Anthocyanin

Anthocyanins are those foods that are red, blue and purple. Any type of berry is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat damage to cells by helping balance those that are unstable. Cells become unsteady when they have an uneven pairing of protons and electrons so antioxidants essentially give an electron to the cells that need it.

5. Reservatrol

The color purple. Just as every phytochemical mentioned, resveratrol contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative agents. That's the beauty of phytochemicals. Reservartrol also takes it a step further to help brain and bone health. Studies have proven that eating foods rich in resevatrol also help to protect against age-related diseases.

If you want to learn more about the health benefits of phytochemicals, please check out this wonderful book!

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