Hey! I'm new as well. I found out I was an empath around the beginning of last year. But I've just recently started looking up what an empath was probably the end of last year. It became overwhelming for me too. It was a relief for me too. I used to always think that everyone was like me and that everyone else could just handle the situations better than me, with my emotions and all. But seriously, since I've found out more and more of what an empath is, things totally started making sense for me. I feel like the way I feel about people and situations and even upcoming events had a legitimate reason for me. I do spend a lot of time alone or if its with people, just around my close family. I'm not antisocial. I can go up to anyone and talk to them and have a conversation but it is draining. I spend a lot of time in nature usually on walks. Alone time is what recharges me. Recently I've spent more time alone than I normally do and I feel like I've discovered so many things about myself and what it really means to have this gift. As far as the animals go, I believe that animals come into our lives for a specific reason, usually to give us messages. Just like if you believe people come in your life for a reason to teach us something. Every animal, in my beliefs, have different meanings. If they are there, figure out what they are trying to tell you. Of course, you don't have to believe this. Everyone has their own truth they feel good and comfortable with. Hope to get to know you more! And hope this has helped! You're not alone.
Thanks for the tips! These seem like great ways to cleanse yourself. I meditate regularly but I haven't thought of the shower thing. Which I think is ironic because I love the rain. I feel as though every time it rains, the environment around me including my house, my yard, etc, is cleansed. Why not do it in the shower? I do always feel better emotionally when I shower but I think intentions behind it could make it more powerful.