As I was nosing through some of my old posts, I came across one I posted two Christmases ago (read it here). It 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, I have loved every minute of the month. I have loved the cold, damp darkness and wrapping up in warm winter woollies. I have admired the twinkling lights dangling from the trees and houses in the neighbourhood and I have loved socializing and getting together with friends.
Although I still choose not to participate in the ‘material side’ of Christmas, I am now able to enjoy the month without being taken down by the ‘crazy energy’ it produces. And I know this change is due to the fact I continue to work on myself, as an Empath, and I am always finding new ways to overcome the many obstacles life throws us.
However, I know how challenging life can be for the Empath at Christmas. It can be overwhelming, draining and difficult. And, for that reason, I am sharing extracts from the ‘Surviving Christmas‘ post because the techniques still remain beneficial and are good to help one find balance.
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.
We have a choice where our energy and focus goes. Consciously choosing the right focal point is essential to keeping our energy in the right place.
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 a child’s exhilaration and it will help keep you uplifted and energised.
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 lots 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 it of consume it, colour raises one’s 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 bum 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). So try to avoid it.
Christmas can cause overwhelm for an Empath and 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 will bring 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
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best this festive season and I hope and wish you all the most amazing 2018.
Wishing you all much love, happiness and festive fun.