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Empaths, Energy & Exhaustion: Why Am I So Drained?

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I’m curious… What’s your number on the empathic overwhelm scale right now? Put your number in the comments and let us know, how are you managing now as an empath after over a year of living with this 🦠 situation and everything it’s brought up?

If you’re tired of riding all these waves of emotion and energy constantly hitting us, you’re definitely not alone. I’ve been feeling it and I’ve noticed in the circles of empathic women that I belong to, as well as just in talking with empathic friends and looking at my social feeds, that many of us empaths are really feeling it.

In my last blog post, I mentioned that “What’s in the air right now is a whole lot of grief, anxiety, depression, love, excitement, fear, spiritual awakening, spiritual connection, anger, rage even, and Mother Earth literally transforming herself as her frequency rises.

Whatever is “in the air” hits empaths a lot harder and faster. With humans all over the world experiencing – and stuffing down or spouting out – high emotion, empaths are left with the desire to help but less capacity to protect their own energy and help, which means their impact decreases and often so does their mental health.

Why do empaths feel drained?

The Planetary Shift: Whatever Mother Earth is going through, empaths are feeling it on some level. All those fires, earthquakes, floods and extreme weather affect empaths more than you may realize. If you’re an empath, then you’re likely dealing with the emotional and energetic fallout from all or some of the above. It’s not just the ripple effect of your thoughts and actions that count. The ripple effect of Mother Earth’s growing pains hits us too.

Energy Vampires: Even on a good day, if you’re an empath, you might feel drained or overwhelmed. Empathic overwhelm can come from energy vampires, people who literally feed energetically off your emotions, especially the more dramatic or intense ones. Energy vampires are so caught up in their own need for drama that they will buck up against your boundaries in a heartbeat to get their “energy fix.” Don’t think just because you can’t go out and see people right now that it doesn’t affect you. Being on Zoom, having a conversation, texting, messaging… these are all ways that energy vampires can drain you as an empath. I’ll bet you can think back to at least one conversation you tried to get out of multiple times but they just kept going on and on and on… meanwhile they sucked your energy dry, which brings me to…

Boundaries for Empaths: As an empath, you need to have even STRONGER boundaries than most people, because it’s everyone else’s energies and emotions you want to keep OUT of your energy field, your heart and your body. I mean hey, other people’s JOY can rub off on you in a good way but even that can get out of control. Without strong boundaries for empaths, you are literally being a sponge for all those energies and emotions that aren’t even yours… and it’s a LOT to manage!

Mass Consciousness: Ever since the Harmonic Convergence back in the 90’s, and even before, in the 60’s, we’ve been hoping and praying to reach the tipping point with enough people having a true spiritual awakening and shifting how they live their lives. If enough of us are living our lives in alignment with who we truly are, things get easier for Mother Earth, and for all of us humans. Mass consciousness is real. We know for sure now that deep emotion on a large enough scale can affect Mother Earth’s energy. Well, it affects us empaths too! When the entire planet of so many disconnected humans are feeling confused, angry, lonely, depressed, terrified, traumatized and all kinds of other difficult emotions… it’s like a huge tidal wave that empaths end up feeling like they’re drowning in.

Empaths are being bombarded 24/7 with everyone else’s energies and emotions, and of course, on top of it, we are SEEING it all on social media and other places online.

It’s a good time to work on your discernment skills, on all levels. What and who are you letting into your energy field, consciously or unconsciously? How much body awareness do you have?

How do you protect your energy as an empath?

  1. Healing Music. In my last blog post I shared how healing music can help soothe your soul and help with empathic overwhelm and burnout.
  2. Create Light. In the darkness, you can create your own Light. We are made of it!
  3. Here’s my very best blog post on how to protect your energy as an empath: How to Create & Reinforce Energetic & Spiritual Boundaries
  4. Check my events page for upcoming sound healing events for empathic relief.
  5. Get on the waitlist for the next season of the Picking Up the Pieces 13 Moon Program: Musical & Spiritual Practices for Resilience and Re-Awakening and receive a free starter bundle to help you create and hold sacred space for yourself. 

Love & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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