4 Tips to Help Empaths Survive the Festive Season

Janice Tovey
3 min readDec 14, 2021

Compassion, positive affirmation, self-care!

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According to stats from the American Psychological Association, 38 percent of the population speak of an increase in their stress levels at holiday time. This is especially true for the highly sensitive and intuitive empath!

With the holiday season upon us, here are 4 tips to help you not only survive but thrive during the holidays.

  1. Say no! This is one of the most powerful words in the English language. When you say the word NO you are letting your mind and body know that you are making a commitment to protect your precious energy. Empaths tend to be too generous by nature. Stop this drain of energy and make a commitment to self-care.
  2. Give yourself permission to leave! If you are somewhere you do not want to be, give yourself the permission to leave. Whether it be at a grocery store or clothing store, leave your cart, tell the clerk how you are feeling and just get out. This is true for your social events. If you find yourself surrounded by narcissistic people or energy vampires, grant yourself permission to leave. Go outside, take some deep breathes and decide your course of action. If you need to go home, go home.
  3. Maintain your healthy routines! People get and do weird things during the holidays! Whether it is going to bed early, your favorite morning cereal or you daily exercise routine, keep at it. Whatever it takes. Don’t neglect yourself! Healthy routines ground us and make us feel safe.
  4. Nurture and Affirm Yourself! Support yourself, encourage yourself and remain optimistic. Let the universe know that you are your own best friend and confidante. If you are feeling stressed, treat yourself with kindness and love. Many people make mistakes during the holidays. This is normal. Just admit you are at fault and move on. Love yourself and show yourself compassion! You will feel better and be more equipped to handle holiday stress!



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.