How can empaths successfully navigate crowds? This is one of the most common questions I get, and for good reason! There’s an overwhelming amount of energy floating around in crowds, and it’s all too easy to get lost in the sea of emotions.
Many empaths naturally prefer quiet time and generally steer away from crowds simply out of personal preference, but sometimes avoiding crowds may not be possible. And sometimes, if there is a band or show you are dying to see, being in a crowd may even become a necessity from time to time.
What’s an empath to do?
Is there really a way to be in a crowd and still feel like yourself? Or do you just need to do what many people say to do, and avoid crowds altogether?
Avoiding crowds and opting to miss out on potentially awesome life experiences is one way to go about it I suppose, but avoidance sort of defeats the purpose of empath empowerment, which is the whole point of the Modern Empath.
My solution to this conundrum is that you can absolutely learn how to successfully navigate a crowd as an empath, but like everything in the realm of empath empowerment, it will take some practice and some conscious effort. But when the alternative is staying home and missing out on your favorite band performing, I’d say it’s definitely worth it to put in the practice!
So without further ado, here are 3 tips for successfully navigating crowds as an empath.
Tip #1: Get Grounded
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: being grounded is the absolute best way to be strong as an empath, in crowds or otherwise. This is because the act of grounding brings your attention and awareness back to yourself and your own energy field.
This is essential in a crowd because it is easy for empaths to expand their field of awareness to the many different types of emotions and energy they are surrounded by. This is why it’s so easy for empaths to lose themselves in crowds, because they are too busy focusing on the emotions of others instead of their own. This is a surefire way to become exhausted, drained and overwhelmed in crowds, but it doesn’t need to be that way.
Getting grounded is a fantastic way to counteract this problem so that you can successfully be a part of a crowd without feeling like you need to run and hide under a rock.
One of the best ways to get grounded while in a crowd is to simply take deep breaths. Place your hand on your chest or your lower abdomen and simply feel your breath as you inhale and exhale. Close your eyes for a moment if this helps. It may be difficult at first to bring your awareness back to yourself while surrounded by so many people, but with practice it becomes easier and eventually becomes a habit.
Tip #2: Focus on the Positive Energy
While grounding yourself is a great ways to bring your awareness back to your own energy field, you are an empath after all and you are still going to feel the emotions around you. Grounding simply helps you to not become overwhelmed by said emotions because you are in tune with yourself.
So once you get grounded and are feeling strong in your power, simply set an intention to only feel the positive emotions all around you. Many empaths forget that they can feel good emotions, because it’s generally easier to feel the bad ones, so use your empathic ability to allow yourself to be uplifted by positivity.
If you are at a concert, allow yourself to focus on the excitement and the electrifying energy. If you are at a theme park, allow yourself to focus on the happiness and joy of families spending time together and little kids going on their first roller coaster ride. Even at the mall you can focus on the positive energy of people enjoying a day out shopping with their friends or finally getting to buy something that they saved up for.
There are many different ways to focus on the positive energy around you, you just need to know where to look for it. But once you start to notice it, it can be a great way to feel better about being in a crowd.
Tip #3: Be Aware of the Nature Around You
Nature is like a soothing balm to sensitive empath souls, so if you are in a crowd where there is any sort of nature around, bring your awareness to the natural world! This is obviously easier to do if you are in an outdoor venue, but even indoors you can usually find some sort of elements from the natural world. For example, many shopping malls have indoor trees or atriums, which can serve as little havens for empaths.
So if you are starting to feel overwhelmed in a crowd, first try to get grounded (see tip #1), and then let yourself feel the energy of nature. Feel the energy of any trees around you, the sky above you, even the ground beneath your feet. Not only will this help you to become even more grounded, but it also serves as a reminder that not only are you physically connected to the earth, but you are a part of it and can always draw upon its healing qualities when you are in need.
The Bottom Line
Being in a crowd doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience and empaths certainly shouldn’t feel obligated to stay home because crowds exhaust them, especially if there’s an event they would really like to attend. I think it’s important that empaths are able to do activities they enjoy every now and again, and to not feel restricted simply because they are sensitive. Empaths deserve to have some fun, too!
That being said, it may be beneficial to limit the amount of time spent in crowds, as even with keeping yourself in emotional check, they can still be exhausting. Clearing out your energy field is a great way to combat the post-crowd blues and recharge your energy if you feel drained after being in a crowd.
And don’t forget to let go of any emotions you may have picked up once you have returned home.
And One More Thing…
As a word of advice, it may be a good idea to practice the above tips in smaller crowds, and eventually build your way up to bigger crowds as you start to get the hang of doing this. Like I said, it takes practice and conscious effort, but how else will you get to get the hang of being in a crowd if you aren’t willing to actually BE in a crowd to practice?
Never forget, that if you do happen to become too overwhelmed by a crowd, you always have the option to leave. Don’t hesitate to hit the emergency exit button if you can’t hang. There’s no shame in leaving a crowd if you aren’t enjoying yourself.
So go slow, take it easy on yourself, and if you find yourself becoming overwhelmed in a crowd, don’t fret. You have to start somewhere and you should give yourself props for trying. Nobody said being an empath was easy, but learning how to thrive with your gift is a realistic goal that can absolutely be attained, with a little elbow grease. 😉