In an earlier post, I wrote about how to support people without taking on their moods and emotions.
In this post, I want to talk about the warning signs to look out for that may indicate you are taking on other people’s problems.
If we ignore these signs, taking on other people’s problems can have a negative impact on our lives. We might start to feel buried under problems.
If you are a highly empathetic or sensitive person you might be more susceptible to taking on other people’s problems and feeling them as if they are your own.
Don’t get me wrong here, I believe in having compassion for other people. I believe in listening to them when they need it and helping out whenever we can but it’s important to point out that there is a difference between being there for someone and taking on their problems and feeling their problems as if they were your own.
This is about more than just feeling worried or concerned about someone.
Sometimes the signs can be so subtle they sneak into our lives without us noticing, particularly if you are speaking to someone about a problem on a daily/regular basis. Sometimes the signs are a lot more obvious.
The issue is after a while, we may have gotten so consumed by a problem that we don’t see any warning signs at all, big or small.
Important note – I’m not a medical practitioner. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety or a mental illness, please seek help from a professional.
Here are some signs to look out for that might indicate you are taking on other people’s problems.
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