Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care by Judith Orloff

Book cover for self-help book written by Judith Orloff, MD. Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People

Dr. Judith Orloff offers 365 days of self-care meditations, reflections, and journaling suggestions as daily inoculations against stress and overwhelm.

Empaths have so much to offer as healers, creatives, friends, lovers, and innovators at work. Yet highly sensitive and empathic people often give too much at the expense of their own well-being—and end up absorbing the stress of others. “To stay healthy and happy,” writes Judith Orloff, MD, “you must be ready with daily self-care practices that work.” With Thriving as an Empath, Dr. Orloff provides an invaluable resource to help you protect yourself from the stresses of an overwhelming world and embrace the “gift of being different.”

If you want daily tools to put into action, this book is for you. Building on the principles Dr. Orloff introduced in The Empath’s Survival Guide, this book brings you daily self-care practices and support for becoming a compassionate, empowered empath, including:

• Setting strong boundaries
• Protecting your energy
• Inoculating yourself against stress and overwhelm
• Self-soothing techniques
• Knowing that it is not your job to take on the world’s stress
• Breaking the momentum of sensory overload
• Tapping the vitality of all four seasons and the elements
• Deepening your connection with the cycles of nature
• Moving out of clock-based time into “sacred time”

Thriving as an Empath was created to help you grow and flourish without internalizing the emotions and pain of others. “These self-care techniques have been life-saving for me and my patients,” writes Dr. Orloff. “I feel so strongly about regular self-care because I want you to enjoy the extraordinary gifts of sensitivity—including an open heart, intuition, and an intimate connection with the natural world.”

My Review

An empath is someone who is tuned into other people’s emotions in a way that they soak these emotions into their body and energy fields which can cause stress or overwhelm. Perhaps this is a way of trying to be safe by sensing the emotional environment and trying to analyze or neutralize it. They are often extra sensitive to other stimulus as well such as noise, smells, light, and touch. Being in large crowds with competing emotions and other stimuli can be overwhelming and exhausting.

For the Spirit
“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path.” Psalm 142:3

Dr. Judith Orloff taught empath’s to protect their energy in her previous book The Empath’s Survival Guide. If you are wondering if you are an empath you could take this quiz from Dr. Orloff’s website.

Just For Fun
Watch JP Sears’s funny YouTube video: The Sociopathic Empath

Elaine Aron writes about ‘Highly Sensitive Person’ (HSP). According to Judith Orloff there is a distinction between these two types of people which are not equal but can overlap. Ways to deal with relationships and stress are beneficial for both groups. As such, I feel the suggestions in Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People will help both empaths and HSPs.

The secret to an empath’s well-being is to break the momentum of sensory overload before it consumes you.”

The above quote sums up the intent of this book. There are 365 daily suggestions to help prevent overwhelm and reduce stress for a more empowered life. Each daily guide in Thriving as an Empath: 365 Days of Self-Care for Sensitive People is accompanied by a specific intention or mantra that could be used while meditating or as a daily affirmation.

I particularly like the idea to intentionally connect with loved ones through healing touch. This is a way we can support each other. Each of us needs a certain amount of human connection outside of ourselves. It keeps us grounded in reality.

None of the ideas were earth-shatteringly unique. You’ve likely read about and tried some before. Yet in the busyness of everyday life, it is easy to forget different methods for dealing with stress and living intentionally that have helped us in the past. I agree we thrive when we live intentionally. These strategies can help us remember how to be joyful.

I received a free advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are completely my own.

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