Many empaths come from dysfunctional families, and the stress levels right now are through the roof. Many are saying that they don’t have someone to talk to. There are many support groups available online, and these can be a great help.
I am blessed with great friends I can rely on for a shoulder, but when I feel my troubles are too dark, I talk with my guides. I bawl on my angels’ shoulders. Then I remember I’ve survived worse, and that my worst fears almost never came true (and one time when that did happen, it turned out to be a huge blessing). I don’t “shut it off”, but I’ve learned to mostly process it on my own. I learned how to quickly figure out who could hear it and who couldn’t. Most can’t.
If people don’t have support and are not sure they are talking to their guides, I suggest they create two imaginary friends, one male, one female. Or have an imaginary conversation with someone whose leadership and wisdom they respect. I picked Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker at first, but I have experimented with a variety of these emotional support avatars, and for me, it’s a helpful and positive exercise.
Go into a meditative state or center yourself, then open up a safe space in your mind. Call in these imaginary friends, share your traumas, and pay attention to their advice. Once you complete the meditation, write down your impressions, thoughts and any advice given. Or just note if it is not given – silence can be an answer too. You may be surprised what insights and wisdom can come up through such meditations.
Pay extra attention to what the opposite sex partner says. If the two guides disagree (and in my experience, this can occur on occasion), your opposite sex avatar is more likely to give advice you wouldn’t have seen as easily. But make no judgements or decisions until you are back in regular consciousness and have had a chance to evaluate the advice given.
Journaling can also be cathartic and helpful if you don’t have someone else to help you process. The best way to journal is the old fashioned way – pen and paper. The act of writing makes a big difference to how deeply your reactions and emotions will process. If you have never tried journaling, start back as far as you can remember, and journal your past challenges as well. Write down everything that comes to mind. Repeat things if you need to. If you are in a dangerous situation, burn the pages after you finish writing, so there is no risk of anyone else reading them.