As I was nosing through some of my older posts, I came across one I had posted two Christmases ago (read it here). The post made me smile because I remembered how much I disliked the month of December and how bad I always felt when it came to the ‘Silly Season’.
But this year, it’s been different. In truth, I have loved every minute of the month. I have loved the crisp coldness and dark winter evenings, and having to wrap up in warm winter woollies. I find myself gazing at the twinkling lights, dangling from the trees and houses in the neighbourhood, in awe and I have truly enjoyed socializing and getting together with friends.
Another factor which has left me rather astonished is that I have not been taken down by all the crazy ’emotional’ energy stirred up during the Christmas period. I put this down to the fact that I am constantly working on myself to stay in balance. I also have lots of ‘grounding and re-balancing tricks’ up my sleeve.
Many Empaths face a daily ’emotional and physical hangover’ during the month of December. It kind of goes with the territory. But you do not need to suffer unnecessarily.
Different types of emotional stress trigger different responses within an Empath. For this reason, it is a good idea to experiment with ‘new’ grounding techniques at this time of year, to help stay detached from the emotional energy of others.
You may find the following techniques (from my last Christmas post) beneficial:
Most Empaths have a daily grounding ritual, but to stay out of the ‘Christmas stress’ we need to add something extra to it… childlike positivity.
Adopting childlike excitement into your energy can help protect you from the stress energy of others.
You only have to cast your mind back to childhood to remember how explosively exciting Christmas was. So, instead of tuning into people’s stress energy, focus your awareness on the exhilaration you had in childhood. It is uplifting and energizing.
Carry Haematite or Other Protective Stones
Haematite is both grounding and mirroring, and it will help protect you when in busy, stressed places (basically everywhere over the festive period).
Keeping a piece with you at all times is a good way to shield yourself from unwanted energy. If you want to learn more about the benefits of Haematite for the Empath see this post.
Eat Lots of Bright Coloured Food
Oranges, lemons and limes, red apples, blueberries and bananas, for example, will help keep you protected and healthy over the silly season.
Christmas contributes to bad eating. Party food and alcohol carry little in the way of nutrients, and if we pick up lots of stress energy the immune system will be compromised.
By eating plenty of lovely bright coloured foods it ensures you get lots of vitamins and enzymes which wards off colds and builds your resilience towards stress-related illness.
When we eat brightly coloured food, in the form of delicious fruit and veg, we reap many benefits.
Also whether we gaze upon brightly coloured fruit or consume it, it is beneficial. Colour raises our mood and vibration and that is always going to be super-beneficial at this time of year.
Shake it Off
If you get overwhelmed by too much stress energy, a brilliant way to get rid of it is by shaking it off.
Start by giving each leg a good shake, shake your bottom and your torso, shake your arms and hands, blubber through your lips and wobble your cheeks, run your hands through your hair and give the scalp a good shake (I do not recommend shaking the head as tension is often held in the neck).
Shaking works even better if you can do it in water and/or with some uplifting funky music.
The shaking method also works great if you pick up on any anger energy.
Eating moderate amounts of chocolate is a perfect and delicious, way for an Empath to ground and recharge.
Many Empaths are naturally drawn to chocolate, their inner-knowing already knows of its benefits. However, not all chocolate is created equal, the darker the chocolate the better, and if it is organic, perfect!
Opt for minimum 70% cocoa when choosing your chocolate fix.
Dark chocolate is super healthy as long as it in not loaded with unrefined sugar.
White refined sugar is inflammatory. It causes excess cortisol to be released into the body which then heightens uncomfortable emotions and stress for the Empath (click here to learn more).
Christmas can cause overwhelm for an Empath and may put them in a negative mindset, but by practising gratitude it can raise the spirits like nothing else.
Being grateful for what you already have in your life brings in more things to be thankful for. Or, if you don’t feel like you have much to be grateful for, be grateful for the amazing things that are coming your way.
You will be amazed at just how uplifting this is. It also works like chocolate and floods your system with feel good hormones.
Here are some more posts that will help the Empath with Xmas stress
If you need to relax this post will help: Incredible Relaxation Technique for the Empath
If you pick up on other people’s stress energy and emotions cast your eyes over this: Protection for the Empath
And if you spend time around overly negative people you need to read this: Reasons to Avoid Negative People