Updated: Sep 7, 2019
Empaths can encounter triggers almost anywhere they go. Below are a few instances that may put your senses on alert.
Getting through the checkout line
Automation has made check out lanes less daunting with the popularity of self checkout. However, the Empath can still intuit rushing, EMF's, and the energy of the store associates monitoring the area. When it comes to the more traditional checkout lanes, you are getting lots more information from the store clerks and the customers around you. Best of luck if a price check is needed, as this unexpected backlog can elevate anyone affected by the wait. To protect yourself create an energy bubble or recite Ho'oponopono to recenter.
Watching an intense sporting game
The emotions of a game can run all over the place, and the more people invested in the outcome can bring the Empath's emotional level to a tipping point. If you are deeply affected by the game take as many breaks as needed by stepping away or visiting the concession stand.
Parking in a busy store lot
People always seem to be in a hurry when entering and exiting a parking area. It's in an Empath's best interest to park away from the masses. If your health is good, park at the end of the lot (close to the exits) and enjoy the extra steps.
Dropping off or picking up kids from school
Parents, guardians, and all caretakers alike are all too familiar with the intense 5 day a week commuting grind. You have to get to the school, park, and get your little one through the school door. As with most things, time is your best friend. Get to your destination as early as you can. When picking up, let the little ones hang around until the crowd disappears so you can easily get to your next destination.
An Empath's nervous system is set up differently than a non - sensitive. Emotionally charged conversations can cause pain to the Empath's body. If you can, create space between you and the yeller. Also, if it can be done without escalating a situation let the yeller know how their communication style affects you.
Driving can be intense when the driver behind you gives you a nudge to go faster. When possible move out the driver's way. If you are in a single lane for quite some time use Ho'oponopono to placate you and potentially the driver behind you.
Commuting via Mass transportation
Being in close proximity to a lot of people is an instant trigger due to many energy fields overlapping. If you have the ability: get into a book (physical, ebook, or audio), escape via your phone with some entertaining programming, do a quick journal of your day and note what you are most and least proud of, or just relax.
Inauthentic people will leave you frozen in your tracks. Despite presenting themselves in the best light possible, the Empath can intuitively read through the act and freeze up like an ice cube around them. Engage as much as you have to and shake off the experience. It's important to reassure yourself that you are not making it up, being mean, or in your head when you get an off impression. Trust your gut and limit your engagement.
Once upon a time social media had an innocence to it. However with its popularity came financial opportunity and a new instant fame not quite experienced before in our culture. Similar to being around fake people, the Empath can intuit when something is not genuine which is very common across all media platforms. Studies also show how some social media platforms can change your brain's rewiring by feeding it a constant dose of dopamine. To keep your usage at bay, create a budget of your time, and do not sleep with your phone nearby as it can inadvertently keep you up.
Engaging in Small Talk
Talking about the weather, sports, or all things celebrity can be a mind numbing activity. Set aside time for the banter and politely excuse yourself by taking an imaginary trip to the bathroom or taking a very important phone call.
For more situations and tools to manage modern day living, read the Adulting While Empath ebook.