Why Are So Many Empaths Experiencing Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome?

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Empaths are at dangerously high risk of developing adrenal syndrome and insomnia. Here’s everything you need to know to protect yourself as an empath.

Studies show that empaths are at dangerously high risk of experiencing a sudden onset of adrenal fatigue syndrome. If you have ever experienced a sudden and unexpected crash in energy levels, it might have been the result of heightened levels of fatigue, according to the latest research.

When empaths are in contact with emotional individuals, and particularly individuals with lots of negative energy, it can sap away at the empaths mind, leading to a severe draining of energy.

Empaths are given an unfair responsibility for other people. In a world where most people have low sensitivity levels, empaths are different. They have disproportionately high levels of sensitivity.

Being a highly sensitive empath is amazing, if you can hack it. Click that link to learn why. And if you’re struggling with being an empath, use these tips.

While being an empath can be a good thing, however, it can also be a challenge and there are psychological health risks involved.

When empaths spend too much time around other people they can experience emotional exhaustion. This can lead to mental health problems like anxiety and even depression. Empaths absorb other people’s emotions. Spending too much time around emotional or negative people will seriously drain an empath.

If you’re not sure whether you’re an empath, rea this article on feeling and hearing people’s thoughts and emotions. It is essential to know if you’re an empath or not, so be sure to read that link.

Feelings, emotions, and thoughts are all very important to our overall wellbeing. Negative emotions and painful thoughts can cause a weakening of the immune system leading to devastating consequences. That’s why it is essential that all empaths get enough alone time. When exhausted, empaths must be left alone so they can recharge their energy.

Time alone gives empaths an opportunity to release the thoughts and feelings they’ve absorbed throughout the day.

Practicing meditation is particularly good for empaths as it helps them to release that stored-up emotion.

When we are unable to distance ourselves from other people, and when we absorb too much emotions, thoughts and feelings keep us up at night. This results in sleep deprivation, which can lead to insomnia. The side effects of insomnia include anxiety, depression, stress, and a weakened immune system.

Not only is it hard to get to sleep at these times, we are also likely to experience light sleeping, waking up often. And when we wake we may be troubled by the emotions of other people that we were with that day.

Restlessness is an all too common problem for empaths. We are hypersensitive to the emotions of others. This can cause information overload, but not in the usual sense. This isn’t information overload from TV or the internet. It’s a spiritual kind of information overload. It’s psychological. It’s being overloaded with too many emotions, thoughts and feelings.

These thoughts and feelings consume the mind. And it isn’t easy to get out of the trap. It’s like a Chinese finger trap. The more you fight the more stuck you become.

Are you experience too many thoughts and feelings? Learn to overcome them in my book Journey To The Buddha Within You. It shows how I changed myself and will lead you to inner peace so you can enjoy being an empath without the many complications inherent to our type.

Another serious problem for empaths is adrenal fatigue syndrome.

I am not a doctor so I will refer to the Mayoclinic here.

The Mayoclinic defines adrenal fatigue syndrome as, “a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems.”

The adrenal glands are responsible for creating hormones that are essential to our health. Insufficient production of these hormones occurs in Addison’s disease.

We can tell if there is a problem with our Adrenal glands because we will experience aches, fatigue, loss of body hair, and weight loss.

The main cause of adrenal fatigue syndrome is stress, and for the empath this can be caused by too much emotional information entering the mind.

When experiencing any of these conditions, in my experience it is essential to spend time alone and to allow ourselves to properly relax. If, for instance, we’re dealing with other people  who are giving us emotional stress, we need to remove ourselves from those people. Of course, we like to help others, but we must protect ourselves first.

When we experience these dips in energy we must take proactive steps to get our energy back in healthy waysGive up on sugar, coffee and smoking.  Use these methods to get energy instead.  Junk food, sugar, and other easy but unhealthy options are not going to help in the long run. Exercise, healthy food, meditation and relaxation. Those are the keys.

There are ways to keep the adrenal gland healthy in empaths.

When we are thinking positively we create a defense for our minds, preventing them from getting overrun with other people’s negative emotions. Mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy is also a powerful way of keeping the mind free of stress.

As with most things, prevention is the key. It is vital that we be aware of the mind and body at all times. We must monitor our stress levels and emotional levels.  And we must have a point at which we say “enough”, a point at which we stop what we are doing and prioritise our health. When we start to feel overwhelmed, we must find solitude and unwind. This is being compassionate for the mind and body.


3 Ways Empaths Can Prevent Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

Use these 3 methods to stop adrenal fatigue syndrome. Consult your doctor first.

1: Eat a healthy, balanced diet: Include all essential vitamins and minerals and make sure to eat at a healthy time and in a healthy way. Eating mindfully is one good way of improving digestive health.

The best book for developing a healthy diet that will help support your adrenal glands (and help you lose weight too) is Alan Christianson’s The Adrenal Reset Diet.


2: Get a good night’s sleep: Sleep is vital to… everything. And it can have a profound impact on your adrenal glands. Getting to bed early, getting a good night’s sleep, and waking up with a positive attitude will all have a positive impact on your adrenal glands.

Use this meditation for a good night’s sleep.

3: Get away from negative people. Enjoy some solitude: For empaths, one of the primary causes of stress is negative and overly emotional people. They sap our energy away and leave us emotionally and physically exhausted. We naturally want to help other people. We need to help ourselves too. The key is to seek solitude when we need it.

4: Recite a relaxing mantra to help you sleep.


Being an empath is a challenge that the universe gave us because we are strong enough for it.  We need to be the special people we are. We also need to help ourselves. The key is finding the right balance.

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The Daily Meditation is not a health website and this article is not written by a medical professional.  Always consult professional healthcare and advice before trying the exercises on this site.

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