Exercise for Empaths: Let’s Get Physical!

There are a lot of posts after the new year touting exercise.  Yes, exercise is great for keeping in shape and losing those extra pounds put on because of holiday eating. Exercise for empaths has added benefits because it can improve your mood by discharging the excess energies absorbed from others.

Energetic Sponges

Empaths absorb a lot of energy from others and easily get swept up in the emotions of guilt, depression, anger or physical pain. As an energetic, compassionate sponge you soak up whatever emotion is around you.

Empaths who are clairsentient feel, sense and know other’s emotions without being told any information. This energetic communication is taken in through the second chakra to be processed. When you do not have boundaries in order to protect your own energies, you develop an energy overload from others in this area of your body. Over time you may gain weight in that lower abdomen region, experience digestive disorders and other health issues. In order to stay a healthy empath, you need an outlet to release that extra energy. Health for an empath is about releasing the energy that is not yours and protecting the precious energy that is your own. This is why it is essential for you to have some sort of physical activity as part of your wellness routine.

My Journey

I began walking for my health. My health could motivate me yet weight never could. Luckily, I have been blessed with a high metabolism and a lot of energy. I found that this past year walking was not cutting it because I was feeling emotionally drained and fatigued afterwards. I was absorbing not only other people’s but also a lot of spirit energy because I have gone deeper into my psychic skills giving more angel card, mediumship and intuitive readings. I learned through a healing session that the proper exercise needs to feel rejuvenating overtime.  At this stage of my life, I required something more to get my body moving and shaking off what I no longer needed.

I began to dance which was good however I missed being around the healing aspects of nature. I then added into my routine a run/walk. I ran in high school, in fact I was captain of the cross country running team. Based on this past experience, I  thought that I would easily get back in the sync of running. That is not the case, with age, I have new chronic pains and more weight than I did back in high school. Simply running was out of the question. I compromised by creating the run/walk. I enjoy this form of movement because each time I push myself a little bit more beyond my comfort zone. An interesting thing happens when you run, your mind starts to tell you that you can’t go on, it’s hard etc. As in any life challenge, you find that you can go beyond that point and a little further if you dig deep inside of yourself. Each time I do this, I feel successful.

Maybe my run/walk will turn into a straight run, maybe not. It’s all good whether it stays at this pace or goes beyond. I like testing the limits, releasing the energies and connecting with nature. What ways can you challenge yourself to go beyond your comfort zone and release the energy that you absorb?

Lisa Hutchison LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and writing coach who helps sensitive souls not just survive but shine. She is the Amazon bestselling author of I Fill My Cup: A Journal for Compassionate Helpers and the kindle book Setting Ethical Limits for Caring & Competent Professionals. Get a FREE 10 page E-book; 8 Simple Things That Release Chaos from Your Life Now at http://www.lisahutchison.net

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Empath Toolkit: The 5 Gifts from Challenging People

Sensitive people want to avoid difficult people because of their negative energy.  I understand it feels uncomfortable and at times overwhelming when you absorb lower energies.  Although, shutting down and avoiding others is not the answer to living a passionate, creative life.  What if there were ways to interact, receive actual blessings and not take on other people’s stuff?  It can be done and here are some ways to recognize the hidden gifts offered to you.




  • Gift #1: They strengthen you.  The first order of business is changing the negative fearful language into one of strength and power.  Rather than calling others difficult people, view them as challenging.  Challenges are how you grow, learn and heal.  Yes, you will grow stronger from your encounters with challenging people.  Imagine how good you will feel when you walk away from an encounter maintaining your personal power?  If you haven’t experienced it, let me reassure you that it is one of the best feelings in the world!  Yes, you will not only will you survive to tell the tale, you will thrive.


  • Gift #2: They help you grow.  Challenging people are not that different from you.  I feel your resistance.  Before you click the X in the corner and leave the screen, take a few breaths and read on.  When you really think about it, you have to admit that we are all challenging to someone. Come on, you know you are.  Heck, I know I have been.  For the empath, challenging people usually lack compassion, consideration, and social skills.  This energy pushes your buttons when it touches upon an old wound that needs healing.  These encounters are opportunities that direct you to your old traumas, insecurities and weaknesses.  Even though it seems backwards, mentally, thank the challenging person and get to work on your inner healing.


  • Gift #3: They help you become a clear communicator.  Often challenging people communicate indirectly through manipulations or guilt because they lack social skills.  Unfortunately their methods have produced a result that positively reinforces them to keep doing what they are doing.  They may not know how to get their needs met in healthy ways.  Once you change your communication through assertiveness training and clear boundary setting it changes the communication as a whole.


  • Gift #4: They strengthen your connection to the Divine.  I don’t know about you, when I encounter challenging people I turn to prayer.  I have worn out the Serenity prayer many times over, working to grasp the concept that I cannot control other’s behaviors only my own.  Prior to encounters with challenging folks, I pray to God for wisdom, call upon the Angels for protection and strength and have used Reiki healing symbols.  When you are feeling helpless, remember you have the power when you are connected to Spirit.


  • Gift #5: They help you practice the art of detachment.  Challenging people have special ninja skills for blaming and deflecting.  Everything is everyone else’s fault.  As an empath, it is important to sharpen your skills and knowledge.  Remember that it is not your fault when others act unhappy or are abusive.  There is nothing you could have did or said that causes another person’s behavior ever.  A person’s actions reflect on who they are and behaviors do not lie.  Watch what a person does, not what a person says.  Meditation will help you learn detachment.  If a person says you are selfish.  Question, is that true? Or is this a reflection of their own inner self?  These questions are easily said within your own mind.  I do not recommend psychoanalyzing a challenging person, unless you are a professional.


I could write a book about challenging people and how to cope.  My first step is teaching local classes on the subject and offering phone and in person psycho-spiritual therapy sessions to help you cope, learn assertiveness skills, problem solve and protect your energies.  My intention for this blog was to shed a light on your future communications and to empower you.  Feel free to contact Lisa for more information or to schedule a session.  Lisa Hutchison has over 13 years of mental health experience.  She is a licensed therapist, certified angel card reader, Reiki master, published author and spiritual teacher who works to connect empathic helpers & artist to their spirit and that of the Divine.

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