Can someone please help me.. I can see the writing on the wall but what next? Context below...
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When you state your current choices at the end of your post (keep doing the same or completely stop), I feel that neither of them are the right fit for you.
I do feel that you have to do something or you'll emotionally bleed out, without being in a situation where you can receive the same kind of helpful care you provided. If you burn out, you won't be able to help anyone at all, not even yourself.
The energy drain is drastic right now. However, I feel that cutting off contact would create such an intense wave of guilt that it would be also very expensive, energy wise.
When stated this way, it looks like you only have "bad" options.
My suggestion would be to start having a plan for this "energy expense", just like you would manage a financial budget.
For example, set a time limit for:
1) How often you have contact with him (of any kind, including txt). Once the limit is reach, just postpone answering until tomorrow.
2) How long you interact (like phones calls are no longer than 30 minutes).
My last suggestion is actually related to being an Empath...
3) Use techniques to disengage from his energy when you are not directly interacting with him, such as Turning Down the Volume . This would avoid the energy drain that comes from being tuned into his energy.
I hope this helps!