Why Empaths Need Beach Therapy

by Cindi Sansone-Braff

Empaths have the innate ability to feel and register the positive and negative vibrations and energies surrounding them. They can walk into a room and sense the “vibe,” which is great if the energy in the room is warm and inviting. However, empaths want to bolt out the door when the energy seems toxic or threatening.

Empaths can feel other people’s emotions, which can be a good thing if it makes them compassionate and supportive of others. The downside of being an empath is “catching” the negative feelings of others. Additionally, empaths take on other people’s problems as if they are their own, leaving them feeling emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually bankrupt.

We possess the intuitive ability to tune into the energies surrounding them. This sixth sense serves as a warning system to protect them from harmful people and inform them when others are in need. Still, it can be draining to register so many divergent energies throughout the day. Therefore, empaths may find themselves sighing with relief when they are alone, enjoying a much-needed break from all the psychic bombardment surrounding them.

If you are not sure if you are an empath, read the following questions and answer yes or no. Are you often uncomfortable or anxious in social situations? Is it unbearable for you to witness the suffering of others? Is it hard for you to watch the news because you can’t deal with all the pain and sorrow in the world? Do you crave solitude because you feel most at peace when you are alone? Have you ever experienced the physical pain of others after they told you about an illness, injury, or diagnosis? Do certain songs or music genres make you so nervous or distressed that you must leave the room or shut them off? Are you drawn to a healing profession because you like helping others? If you answered “yes” to many of these questions, you are definitely an empath.

For empaths to function properly, they must find healthy and productive ways to recharge their emotional batteries. Having some quiet downtime is an easy way to do this. If you are an empath, remember to incorporate brief moments of “alone time” into your daily routine. Doing this can be as simple as taking a short walk in nature, sitting quietly outdoors by yourself, or taking a few minutes after work to unwind before heading home. By taking these brief moments of solitude, you are not acting selfishly or being self-centered; you are practicing self-love and self-care.

For an empath, beach therapy isn’t a luxury but a necessity. Nature provides some of the most effective forms of peaceful seclusion. That quiet walk along the shoreline, sitting alone on a beach chair, or lying in the warm sun on a beach towel are all great ways for an empath to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate. Throw in the incredible healing power of water, and a day at the beach may prove to be an empath’s natural prescription for health and well-being.

According to the National Park Service, an estimated 2.2 million people a year spend time within the boundaries of Fire Island National Seashore. Perhaps they instinctively know the surrounding waters will revive their bodies, minds, and souls. Seawater is a natural cure for what ails you since it contains many healing minerals, such as chloride, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, potassium, and bromine, to name just a few. When you frolic in the mineral-rich Atlantic Ocean or the Great South Bay, your body will absorb these curative elements. A small healthy dose of sunshine boosts your body’s vitamin D supply, lifts your mood, and helps you sleep better. Breathing in the fresh ocean air, which is jammed packed with negative ions, has many beneficial effects on your body, including enhancing the immune system, neutralizing free radicals, and balancing and resetting the automatic nervous system. Moreover, listening to the hypnotic sound of the waves activates the parasympathetic nervous system, slows down your brainwaves, and promotes a deep sense of relaxation.

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato said, “The sea cures all ailments of man.” In Greek medicine, they referred to this as the Water Cure. For empaths and stressed-out souls, beach therapy, with its powerful trio of summer mood stabilizers – seawater, solitude, and sunshine – may be the best sanity saver of all!