This question seems to come up in one form or another every few weeks here.
You are in the right place! You are no longer alone, you are now part of a community that has been where you are!
Some reading material for you to get you going...
- Elise'sEmpath Survival Program.
- Donna Eden'sZip Up Technique
- theTools for the Empathgroup
- Thriving As An Empath - my own favorite for reasons that will be obvious when you go there. I personally use this technique every day and many of the people I have shared this with have had a lot of success with the Conduit of Energy contained here. The main principle here is that it is about reversing the flow so that instead of from-them-to-you it becomes from-Source-through-you-to-them. Try it every day for a week (preferably multiple times a day) and you WILL feel different!
Let me quote from Thriving As An Empath. "we suffer as empaths when we are only in receptor mode, we thrive as empaths when we step into healer mode". It is a gift, not a curse, but only if we learn to use the gift.
Keep asking questions. We are here to help.