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7. Practical Exercises for understanding your moods and emotions

Getting to know yourself as an empath is strengthened when you have a deeper understanding of the ebb and flow of your feelings. Tracking your moods on a regular basis and taking note of what might trigger a change in your temperament can be extremely insightful.

The Wanderer Empath has absorbent energy; often your moods are not your own. Becoming aware of your feelings versus someone else’s takes time to focus on so you can differentiate. Your thoughts get clouded because your fluid mindset lets you feel what others are feeling so accurately.

You might even feel physical sensations that others are experiencing on some level. For example, seeing someone get injured in person or the media might induce a physiological sensation of discomfort or cringe in that area of your body.

So by separating your emotions from those of others, you have a better understanding of who you are and what you need. You will also know when to avoid certain situations or experiences if you know that you are not feeling up to them.

Here are some techniques you can use to understand yourself:

1. Sit with difficult emotions

It could be a habit for you to ignore challenging emotions when they arise in you. You do like to see the positive side of things. At times though, it can be helpful to truly make space for uncomfortable aspects of yourself. This can involve sitting in contemplation regarding a situation, feeling, or mood.

You may be especially averse to feeling anger or have trouble expressing it when you’re frustrated. This can turn into resentment or passive-aggressive tendencies as a way to work through those experiences. Anger is a natural emotional response and if you deny it an outlet, it will look for ways to be processed.

So sit with your feelings, maybe through journaling or creating art, and really get clear with yourself on things that are bothering you or just feel off. This helps you work through blocks and move into greater awareness about how situations, people, and circumstances truly make you feel.

Always have a plan for how you will provide your self-care after doing this emotional work as well. It can be draining, so ensure you are in a good headspace to explore these themes prior to beginning. Afterward, find a way to reward yourself by doing something special for yourself.

2. Remember the temporality of emotions

Emotions cannot be controlled, only managed. You will feel what you will feel, so accepting their reality can be a helpful mindset while also keeping in mind that emotions are temporary. They are ephemeral, they well-up, dissolve, and transform. Keeping these concepts in mind can help you manage your shifting moods and how you process what you are going through.

3. Make a list as a self-love and acceptance practice

List-making can be very clarifying for your ethereal personality. If you are having trouble defining what you are feeling, then sit down and make a list of each emotion that comes to mind. They don’t have to relate to each other or make sense. Try not to judge yourself for what you are experiencing.

Accept where you are and what you are feeling—no matter how confusing or complicated it might be. Read through your list but try not to analyze or attach too much meaning. Just be and observe. Love yourself completely for your complexity. You can even keep a special emotions journal just for making these lists.

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8. Practical Wanderer Empath A to Z: sometimes it’s the little things . . .

  • Find an excuse to celebrate.
  • Carry a notebook with you to write down your ideas.
  • Take pictures of everything.
  • Go to bed 10 minutes earlier.
  • Sleep with a Herkimer diamond to increase the chance of lucid dreams.
  • Research in-depth topics that interest you.
  • Practice being mindful.
  • Make time to ground into the energy of the Earth.
  • Meditate before you fall asleep.
  • Make a list of things you want to get done.
  • Write down your goals.
  • Record your dreams.
  • Take your time before making decisions.
  • Analyze situations with people you trust.
  • Carry crystals that help with concentration (quartz, citrine, topaz).
  • Carry a satchel of dried rosemary for energetic protection.
  • Try a variety of foods.
  • Be yourself completely.
  • Ask lots of questions.
  • Explore your surroundings as much as possible.
  • Say “I love you” to yourself while looking in a mirror.
  • Let yourself luxuriate in bed without feeling guilty.
  • Seek truth in all that you do.
  • Connect with others through the heart.
  • Express yourself through your personal style.
  • Dance, move and explore sensuality and sensations.
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