The Empath Mantra: If the energy is weird, you have permission to leave. . . . It took me a long time to realize this, that I come first, my energy comes first and I’m here to live a happy life, not to make others happy in a life of people pleasing. I used to hang out with friends that constantly insulted me, either backhandedly or even more in my face. I thought because these friends had been there since I was a teenager it was wrong to say anything, to stick up for myself. At the end of the day, they love me right? But I didn’t get then, that this was an act of betrayal. I was betraying myself, making other people more important than me and basically telling myself I’m not worth as much. Now I know my time is valuable. I say this to myself every time before I go out, if the energy gets weird, I don’t have to stick around. Protecting my energy is my priority these days. As an empath, I believe this is one of the greatest forms of self care.