I don’t know about you, but I’ve always tended to hide the whimsical part of me. The one that wants to believe in fairies and unicorns. The one that had imaginary friends as a kid and made up extravagant worlds for her Babies on the living room floor.

As an Empath and a Highly Sensitive Person, I was always told to hide who I was as a sensitive being. I was told that I needed to be realistic with my dreams and that I was too ambitious. Retreating into my head and daydreaming was a way for me to escape. It was a safe space for me to imagine all of the possibilities I didn’t think were possible in real life.

Did you know that daydreaming is a form of self-hypnosis? Like anything, if used incorrectly, it can highlight what you feel is “wrong” with your life. But when used intentionally, it has so many benefits!

 

Here are 3 benefits of daydreaming for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People:

 

  1. It gives your mind a break.

 

I’m talking about the part of your brain that overanalyzes every second of your day, causes you anxiety, and holds you back from moving forward. No matter how much you try, sometimes as a sensitive being, you take on the energy of those around you and it contributes to your mood and affects your energy. Daydreaming gives you the space to let go of that energy and allows the creative part of your brain to wake up and take center stage.

 

  1. It lowers stress.

 

It happens to all of us, not just sensitive beings. Life gets the best of us and our stress levels rise, either because of relationships, work, or family life. Taking ten minutes out of your day to let your mind wander slows your breathing and reduces the “fight or flight” response that comes with anxious thoughts.

 

  1. It raises your vibration.

 

Intentional daydreaming (setting aside time to imagine your dream life) raises your vibration. If you follow the Law of Attraction, you know that what you concentrate on, you attract more of. Daydreaming puts your concentration on the things you want and the things that make you feel good, attracting more of that into your current reality.

 

If you were a daydreamer as a kid, it’s time to pick that back up and become a daydreaming adult!

 

 

 

How I Knew I Was an Empath

As a kid, I was always told I was too sensitive. That I needed to toughen up and not take things so seriously. I can remember crying every year on the first day of school because I felt so overwhelmed by all of the energy I was absorbing from the other nervous kids.

Walking through the hallways for me was like walking through thick fog. I couldn’t focus and I couldn’t see. As I got older, add on teenage emotions and hormones, and I was not a good person to be around. I was angry all of the time. I felt like a live wire.

It wasn’t until my 20’s when I ever heard the word Empath. At the time, I still didn’t really understand what it meant. It was almost like saying I’m left-handed. It was just a term. I didn’t think anything of it and I didn’t really explore it. I continued as I was. Absorbing the energies of everyone around me. Not dealing with my emotions. Smoking cigarettes and eating crappy food as a form of medicine.

I don’t think I really knew what it meant to be an Empath until I started my business two years ago. When I finally branched out on my own and pretty much had to do everything on my own, did I understand how much energy I was taking on.

 

I’d just finished taking a VA intensive course. It outlined how to start your own VA business and took you through the steps of getting your first client. I’ve talked about this before, but it involved a lot of cold emails, joining FB groups, and using every possible platform to put myself out there. By the end of each day, I was left drained, unmotivated, anxious, and depressed.

 

I thought, “is this what it really takes to run your own business?”

 

My confidence dipped and I didn’t know what to do. I had a handful of clients, but I was barely able to pay my bills. Months went by where I was kind of stuck in limbo on what to do next. Do I keep doing what I’m doing or do I go back to an office job and give up my dream of working for myself?

I ended up seeing an ad for an Instagram course and since I knew I loved the platform and I spent most of my time here anyway, I thought maybe that could be what I needed. So with money I didn’t have (yes, I charged it to a credit card) I signed up for the course.

This is the part where I tell you that class changed my life. But guess what, it didn’t. I took the course, went through all the modules, took massive notes. And you know what I did after that? Nothing. The notes sat there and I barely took any action and then got mad when nothing changed.

 

 

I gave up and started looking for office work. I’d found a temp job basically doing the same thing I was doing before and I was miserable from the moment I started my car and had to sit in traffic for an hour on the way there.

I was only there for a week, but in that week’s time, I read books about being an Empath, I went on Google, I started following every Empath account on Instagram. That’s when I truly began to understand what it meant to be an Empath. I started following coaches, signing up for their mailing lists, getting every possible free resource I could get.

They preached about thriving as a high feeling business owner. They talked about how they used their gifts as their super powers and I knew I wanted that too. So, in between training and making copies at my temp job, I started writing out the modules for The Virtual Instagram Crash Course for Empaths.

And then? I started working through them. I began meditating like it was my job. I stopped hiding from myself and from the world and started showing my personality online. I broke down my money mind blocks and my success mind blocks to figure out why I felt like I couldn’t succeed.

 

Because it wasn’t the tactics and techniques that needed to change, it was me.

 

I’m a hard worker that was raised by a hard worker. I know what it means to hustle and take pride in the product that I’m putting out. I knew I had a great idea for a course but until I knew that my story needed to be heard and that I deserved to live abundantly and successfully did everything change.

I began to hear from other Empaths that were struggling the same way that I was and that’s when I knew I had to keep going.