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!

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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How To Practice Self-Care In College

Due dates. Finals. Papers. Here's some advice on how to not go completely crazy during these stressful four years.

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Being a senior in college, I know how stressful and demanding school can be. Here are a couple tips on how to stay mentally and physically healthy during these four hectic years of our lives.

Trade your morning coffee for a glass of water. 

Instead of turning on that keurig as soon as you wake up, grab a cold glass of water. I'm telling you, it really jump-starts your morning. Bring a water bottle to class and fill it up throughout the day, too. Obviously, I still drink coffee because I basically can't function without it, but make sure to incorporate a lot of water as well. I've found that I'm more focused and awake the more water that I drink.

Eat breakfast.

I usually start with a bowl of oatmeal filled with whatever you want – blueberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey are usually my go-to. It's crucial to eat breakfast because it gives you energy for the rest of the day. You're basically fasting for 8 hours (let's be real, it's probably less than that) through the night, so you're stomach is empty and ready to go as soon as you wake up. If you're tight on time, grab a protein bar. I personally like the Think Thin chocolate mint protein bar, it's plant based and tastes like a dessert, so win-win.

Practice yoga.

I know, people in the world write about how amazing yoga is in their blog, but it's true. I randomly decided to take yoga in college, and it honestly changed my whole outlook on it. It's both mentally and physically rewarding; it keeps you in shape while at the same time helping your mental health. I highly recommend taking a yoga class, or even just looking up some yoga poses on YouTube and practicing at home.

Meditate.

I recently downloaded an app called Simple Habit, and it reminds me every day at a certain time to mediate for 5 minutes. Just taking that small amount of time out of your busy day to clear your head makes such a huge impact on your mental health.

Read more.

Put down that 5,000-page biology book for a few minutes and read something actually enjoyable. Recently, I've been reading To All The Boys I've Loved Before because I'm 13 years old. I think it's important to take some time to read something for entertainment and your own pleasure rather than always reading books for school. Not only does reading improve your cognitive skills and widens your vocab and can help you relax.

Write in a journal. 

I've always had a journal since I was probably in elementary school. Although I don't use my Girl Tech password journal anymore, I still like to write in a journal sometimes just to get my thoughts on paper. It helps me to reflect on my day and make sense of everything. It's kind of like free therapy. Also, I think it would be cool to go back five, ten, even fifty years from now and read my old journals and see how my mind has changed over time.

I can admit that I wasn't the best at self-care when I first started college. It took me a while to figure out how important it is to take care of yourself in order to stay sane and be healthy. It's hard to prioritize our own health especially when we're used to prioritizing school, work and everything else in between. Just making a few small positive changes in your daily routine can make all the difference.

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