Are You Energy-Sensitive?
by Annie B. Bond
If you have ever found yourself getting irritated or depressed for no apparent reason after spending time with certain people, the answer may be simple: you may be a sensitive, absorbing or reacting to energy from these individuals that isn’t healthy for you.
Answer these questions to see if this could be true for you, and then find out what to do about it so you don’t continue to feel depleted or irritable when you’re around these people.
1. Do you frequently feel angry, nervous, tense, or irritable around certain people?
2. Do you often feel sad, low-energy, drained, or lethargic when you are around some individuals?
3. Do you ever find yourself wanting to lie or cover-up around specific people?
4. Do you frequently find yourself folding your arms over your midsection when you are with certain people in your life?
5. Do you often feel ill-at-ease or uncomfortable with some individuals?
6. Does the mere sight of some people cause you to feel instantly defensive or angry?
7. Do you find yourself inwardly groaning when you hear a specific person’s voice on the phone?
The more questions you answered “yes” to, the more sensitive you probably are.
Most of us are unconsciously influenced by others’ energies. These energies are what they are, neither good nor bad–but some may be beneficial, and some detrimental to us. The extent to which you are affected is a sign of your sensitivity. Becoming awareof the energy-effects of interactions is a wonderful first step in becoming more conscious, and in undoing the negative effects of others’ energies on us.
If you think you are being adversely affected when you are in the company of certain people’s energy fields, here are some things you can do:
If you are around someone whose energy makes you feel drained:
1. Move away from the person.
2. Politely cut the interaction short.
3. Redirect the person’s attention.
If you find yourself feeling irritable around someone:
1. First, realize that you do not need to take this personally. Simply notice, “This is someone who makes me feel prickly.”
2. Ground yourself. This can be as simple as just placing your hands on the ground, or as complex as doing a brief relaxation and grounding exercise.