One thing that can be challenging for an empath is having another person live in the same space as you do. And having a partner or spouse in the picture can put an even greater strain on someone who is energy sensitive. When you don’t understand your energy sensitivity, it is easy to become energy depleted quickly. But you can avoid that easily. And you can learn how to manage living with a partner or spouse in a much healthier way.
As someone who is energy sensitive, you absorb the energy of others around you, all the time. And sharing a home with another subjects you to additional energy on a regular basis. But what can you do to manage that additional energy so that you don’t wind up depleted and on the road to chronic illness?
Share your needs
Talk to your partner or roommate about your energy sensitivity and how that changes your needs. Communication is crucial! Those who are not energy sensitive don’t experience life in the same way you do. So they will not intuitively understand it when you need extended alone time to replenish your own energy. It’s important to sit down and discuss your energy sensitivity with those living in the same home to help them understand how you are different.
The reason why this is crucial is that often empaths do not speak up for their own needs. Because you feel the emotions of others strongly, it is easy to give in to what others want and need because you feel uncomfortable when they aren’t feeling good. But putting your own needs last is a recipe for disaster! When your needs for space and quiet time aren’t being met, you will get overwhelmed and burn out quickly!
Clear the clutter
A cluttered home can be a big drain on your energy. When you have a lot of stuff hanging around the house, it stops the flow of energy and that lack of energy flow carries over to you as well. Keeping things put away and organized can help! It can also help to purge your belongings regularly to sort through the things you regularly use and the things that can be donated or given away. This one thing alone can significantly improve energy levels!
Negotiate sleep space needs
If you are married or are in a partnership, this one is important. Many empaths struggle with significant energy loss while in bed with their spouse or significant other. Understanding what you can personally tolerate and negotiating with your partner will be important. Some sensitives find that they cannot sleep in a bed with another human…or even a pet. While others are fine sharing a bed, but struggle with extended periods of physical contact during sleep. Knowing what works best for you and being able to communicate that is important. Of course, you will also need to take your partner’s needs into consideration as well and negotiate a solution that works well for both parties.
Create space where you can be alone
Alone time is an important need for empaths. And with this, you may need to create a special space in your home where you can retreat to get that quiet time that you will need to not just survive, but thrive.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to help manage living with a partner or spouse as someone who is energy sensitive.