How Being Too Empathic Can Lead To Adrenal Fatigue, Insomnia, and Exhaustion
It seems these days we tend to hear, or read about Empaths and all the wonderful things they can do, but what about the downside of these gifts. Are there any consequences for being so in tune with your intuition, or being so psychically connected to others energies and emotions?
Empaths can suffer from a number of symptoms caused by their significant connections they have to the energetic realms and their emotional responsibilities. Among these symptoms is the sudden onset of chronic fatigue, drawn out by energy leakage from not remaining present in awareness, not being conscious of their thoughts, balance and having a failure in staying grounded.
These wonderful beings need consistent time alone in order to reflect upon their emotions, thoughts, and feelings. This individualistic approach to life is not a selfish thing, nor is it a form of introversion, think of it more like a rechargeable battery being plugged in to fill up on voltage. Just like the battery you can connect to multiple electronics and tools, we too are connected to others and pieces of our environment. What happens if you connect your power source to too many technologies without a recharge? Well, most would say it would die but the truth is if it did, you would not be able to refill its energetic core. What happens is it reaches a level of discontinued power output until we can plug it in again, empaths are no different in this manner. We plug our energies and emotions into everyone around us, and if we connect too many times, we drain and fast.
Without proper care of our internal battery, without time or space to ourselves to recharge, Empaths run the risk of becoming to overactive in thought, destroying any peaceful, relaxing, and under stimulated moments in which they can naturally fall asleep and enjoy the restorative effects of sleep. If slumber does occur quickly after hitting the pillow with one’s head then they may end up waking up often throughout the night or tossing and turning through an unrestful sleep. Either or, I feel that they both lend fault to faltering and dropping energy levels throughout our day.
When we are in a constant state of thought, being bombarded by a perceived artillery strike of stimuli, it starts to affect us on a physiological level. This plays havoc on our endocrine system, or rather our adrenal glands. In stressful or high anxiety situations the adrenal gland releases hormones to enact a state of alertness, focus, and increased levels of stamina and awareness. How is this prevalent to Empaths? Well, as mentioned before, if we don’t recharge daily from the constant attack of thoughts, emotions, and energies from others, as we hold onto these thoughts and feelings it becomes increasingly difficult to stave off the ignition of a hormone-induced physiological response.
While we experience intense or prolonged anxiety or stress, or our lifestyles are unhealthy; for example, too much or too little sleep, substance abuse, overworking, poor diet, stressful relationships, stressful family situations, or general life crises ~ we end up placing excessively continuous demands on our adrenal glands. However, when we over-stimulate our adrenal glands, they will keep producing energy, which causes a conflict when we try to rest or sleep, as we will feel permanently wired and on high alert. This places excessive stress on our adrenal glands, causing them to eventually burn out and malfunction. As this happens, we look to try and raise our energy levels in the wrong ways, usually with foods that are not on the nutritional side of the fence. These foods don’t offer the nutrients that our biology needs to properly run and restore itself, giving, even more, fuel to the fire that is our irregular hormone and energy levels.
During sleep, our cortisol levels (one of the hormones produced by our adrenal glands) rise naturally, peaking in the few hours before we wake. This happens to give us a good start to the day, and it is known as the circadian rhythm, as it elevates our energy levels so that we can function effectively by sleeping when it is dark and waking when it is light. When our adrenal glands are exhausted, we will likely wake up still feeling tired, even if we have had a long and seemingly restful sleep. We may feel drowsy most of the day, but then our cortisol levels may peak late in the evening, making it difficult for us to enter deep sleep.
All in all, the most important thing to do is attempt to be more aware of your body. Mainly how it feels throughout the day, its reactions to certain stimuli, and what our body is notifying you it needs. Whats more, is how vital it is that we discover how and why our adrenal gland is under so much stress. By getting to the root of our problems residing deep in our thoughts and emotions, we are able to alleviate the pressures they cause on these vital systems that all play off of each other to ensure we are in a constant state of readiness and content awareness. There are quite a few things we can do daily that can help rectify these problems, and while they are all effective in their own right, everyone will have different feelings about whether they work for them or not, it is up to you to find what ticks your clock.
Meditation will help us to not only focus on the body so that we are aware of any sensations that are taking place, it will also help us to calm and soothe our mind to prevent us from repeating negative thoughts that ultimately cause chemical reactions. Spending time with family and friends or being out for social activities can also regulate our cortisol levels, as they are known to increase after spending long periods of time alone ~ if we feel lonely, isolated, and separated. If we are content in our own company, we will feel balanced, and cortisol levels may not be such an issue.
Our diet and exercise regime can also place added stress on our adrenal glands. If we push ourselves too much, we place too much demand on the glands, which causes them to produce an overload of stress-related hormones. Skipping meals, eating junk food, and enduring intense workouts all cause these glands to overwork. If we have food allergies, they will place additional stress on our adrenal glands, so it is important to pay attention to the foods that we have intolerances towards.
Creating security, stability, joy, inner peace, being optimistic, and getting a restful night’s sleep all contribute to rebalancing our adrenal glands. Just the thought of going to bed can bring on mild anxiety if we think we are going to lie awake for hours, drifting in and out of light sleep, but rarely reaching the highly sought-after delta state. So to all my fellow empaths out there, remember to tune out, turn off, and recharge… this could truly make the difference in your day to day energy levels, and ultimately your emotional and psychological state. All of which, when working in tandem could let you use your empathic abilities more efficiently as well as more intuitively so that we can really connect with the world around us and make a shining positive, loving difference in the world.
Written by CorbanRF