1. Emotional contagion is a real thing. If you surround yourself with people who need saving, make sure you know how to swim. Empaths get sucked up and swept away by the same storms that roil those we seek to save. Your intentions are good, but the “feels” can be overwhelming. So, yes – support those that need your help. But step back, and give yourself just a little bit of distance when you seek out to save a friend in need. It may be the space you need to stay safe – while supporting your friends, family or even clients in the most skill-full way required.

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