Empath Series: Psychic burnout or I’m too exhausted to think of anything witty to write here.


Psychic burnoutI took some well-earned vacation this month. (Hence the lack of blogs.)

As usual, I find that I tend to collapse into a heap, and while the body is willing, the spirit is not.

In this state, even thinking is an effort and answering questions is difficult. It’s even hard to read anything longer than a paragraph, and forget about writing anything.

I call this psychic burnout.

It occurs when you do too much, for too long, without a break.

Personally, I seem to arrive at it every eighteen months or so with generally fourteen or so months where I start to feel the exhaustion.

Psychic burn out is mostly borne of frustration that you feel like you are being used and depleted, and there is no end in sight, or even any recognition that you’ve moved a mountain or two.

People would certainly experience this type of thing in their day jobs, especially if they are good at it, but receive little or no recognition.

If you’re trying to be spiritual, you will tend to resist the urge to say or do anything about it, however, this leads to anger and frustration, and the sense that you are not allowed to let yourself go, and then frustration at the fact that you don’t allow yourself to get angry.

You may even feel like shouting at people who won’t leave you alone: What part of f*&# off don’t you understand? But still you don’t, in case you hurt or offend someone.

In Bach Flower Remedy terms, this is known as a Cherry Plum state: The fear of letting go.

The psychic burnout state is a horribly frustrating one to be in because it stops you from doing what you want.

It literally hurts to try and think about answers or subject that you have no clue about. (I liken it to a psychic knife in the third eye area.)

There are several reasons this occurs, the main one being that you’ve been running on empty for too long.

If you are an Empath, and you are often connecting to others to try and help them, reaching the burn out level happens too easily, especially if the flow only goes one way.

Generally, while the desire to help others is always there, there is only so much you can do.

I find the remedies that help her are:

  • Cherry Plum: Fear of letting go.
  • Olive: Exhaustion
  • Elm: Feeling overwhelmed.
  • Oak: Being pushed past your limits
  • Holly: Getting angry, and then repressing your answer and get annoyed every time someone tries to get you attention.
  • Impatiens: When you start to feel irritated with everything.
  • Red Chestnut: Concern about others.
  • Willow: If you feel hard done by.

Next: The type of calls for help that I get.

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10 thoughts on “Empath Series: Psychic burnout or I’m too exhausted to think of anything witty to write here.

  1. Hi Gary,
    I loved this post. I’m glad you were able to take some time off! 🙂 I believe that psychic burnout, over the course of approximately 3 years time is what lead me to start blogging! I wanted to tell my story of discovering that I was empath, was well as to just get all the confusion, frustration, exhaustion and pain out. Writing has always been cathartic for me, so why not share my experience with others, right? 🙂 I have only a select few people I let myself be around or talk to now, due to the fact that there were so many for so long who could completely just plain drain me. I get what you’re saying about wanting to say or do something, but not doing it, for fear you may upset someone. That was the story of my life up until about a year ago! I’ve adopted a rather hermit type existence for the moment, but I know that’s not healthy either. It’s what I can do for the moment, until I trust myself more. I shudder to think there is a possibility it could happen all over again because of my propensity for consistently putting other people’s needs and wants before my own. It’s nice to read your blog and see I’m not alone; although it’s unfortunate that you have also had to go through it. Not easy. Thanks for your post. It helped. 🙂

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  2. Hiya! I stopped by here earlier today wondering why you were MIA – now I know! Yeah, I SO know what you mean….but, nothing like a chill-pill to recuperate. Hope you enjoyed your time off.
    Holly’s working for me too as is that awesome belief statement you shared a few posts ago…..so very empowering. Thanks, 😀 Radhika

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    • Thanks and it was a good break, though never long enough!

      Thanks for the feedback on the Holly and the belief system. I’d certainly be interested in knowing more if you’re interested in sharing.

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      • My belief statement (modified to suit) has simply allowed a greater connection to myself and fewer emotional reactions + less drain on energy overall even in public places.

        The BFRs (Holly, RR & Star of Bethlehem) seem to help keep things/life in perspective making it easier to recover my centre (when I’m tripping!) much faster than before.

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