For a long time I thought that being an empath was a curse because I was constantly overwhelmed by other people’s thoughts and emotions and I could not make the difference between my own inner landscape and theirs. Confusing to say the least. Depressing if you live with a chronically depressed person, very up and down if you have a bipolar friend, happy for no reason when you have happy friends… You get the picture!
With help from my healing mentors and teachers, I learned to differentiate between my own emotions and other people’s in my personal life. I learned to be very rigorous when I worked so that I did not take on my clients’ negative (or even positive) thoughts and emotions. My life improved dramatically by just doing that.
At times I would still become overwhelmed if many people were in fear, as happens during a tsunami or major earthquake for example. So I learned to detach from such waves of collective consciousness.
Now when I feel bad for no reason, I automatically command that my energy be detached from everyone else and I usually find my center pretty soon after that. Try it and let me know how it works for you!