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How to Thrive as an Empath at Work

Do you feel like you have to shut down the empath inside of you in order to survive the workplace?

I’ve been there. Before starting Moon and Manifest I had to navigate many workplaces as an empath. I often felt like I had to make decisions that weren’t true to myself so that I could survive office life and corporate culture.

I shut down my intuition, my emotions, and my feelings, and of course — that’s when I started to excel at my job.

I was getting raises, but I felt terrible.

Now I know that this isn’t a healthy option to shut down and be someone you’re not, but for many empaths it feels like the only option.

But, you can thrive as an empath in a workplace environment.

You don’t need to sacrifice your health and wellbeing to excel at work. You can be a member of a team in a work environment, contribute positively, keep your job, do well, get paid, and get promoted, all while still being a sensitive soul. Best of all? Empathy is more and more being recognized as a crucial skill and trait for business success and customer delight!

I dive into this a little deeper in my episode on the podcast, give it a listen if you want the lowdown on why people don’t want to hire empaths, or keep reading to learn how you can stay tuned into your empath senses without sacrificing performance in the workplace.

Want the insider secret on how to thrive as an empath in the workplace:?Become resilient.

If you want to create a bridge between who you are, and your ability to support yourself, you need to develop resilience so that you can be your best self while working on a team.

It takes resilience to step away from perfectionism, anxieties, and fear.
You need the resilience to stay open-hearted, to be sensitive, and to embrace your emotions.

There is a problem, especially in many corporate environments where there can be low to zero tolerance of feelings, diversity, and humanity.

Everything has been homogenized so much that anything outside of that narrow spectrum of “normal” is undesirable. Many empaths are told we’re “too emotional” or “too sensitive.”

But, you are not too emotional or too sensitive. You are allowed to feel. We all have feelings, emotions, and sensations. It’s dehumanizing, cruel, and traumatic not to acknowledge our feelings.


When you walk into the office, and you feel overwhelmed, go to your desk. Sit down. Sift through and separate what is yours that you’re sensing, and what isn’t yours.

Ask yourself, “How am I feeling?” “What am I feeling?”

Practice feeling your own feelings. Focus on body sensations rather than emotional labels. Let those sensations flow through you without resistance, judgment, apology, or drama.

If we could all be with our feelings, experience them, and let them move through us, they would be much less of an intrusion in our lives and in the workplace.

Practicing holding space for yourself to feel Helps you stay in integrity to yourself, putting you in a place of empowerment.


Boundaries without integrity are meaningless.

But what IS integrity? It’s not as much of a “moral” issue as you might think. Ultimately, to be “in integrity” means to be in a state of wholeness.

When you’re out of integrity, it’s because you’ve gone against yourself, which erodes your wholeness and dilutes your power.

Your boundaries are built on integrity — and they serve your integrity too. Boundaries are about creating the conditions that you need to thrive — not about saying NO to others…

Boundaries are how you say YES to YOU.

When you learn how to set resilient boundaries (boundaries that are consistent physically, verbally, emotionally, mentally, and energetically), you can trust yourself and be trusted by those you work with.


If you want to be a viable candidate, team member, or leader, you must be able to handle stress. This is not the same thing as shutting down and just muscling through or being willing to put up with and tolerate toxic situations.

At a nervous system level — not just a positive mindset — you need to learn how to bring your nervous system into a state where it can be dynamic in its responses, and you can be more agile and equipped to handle life.

You won’t magically never again be overwhelmed, anxious, depressed…those are natural human emotions. But, resilience offers you the ability to navigate uncertain circumstances with deep self-trust and to remain in a place of flexibility and control of what your next steps are.

When you do that, what you build over time is not only competence, but confidence.


I want you to be a positive contribution, and in order to do that you’ll need to learn how to set multi-faceted resilient boundaries, to build stress resilience, and to build emotional resilience so you can be who you are and navigate the ups and the downs of life and work.

With that, you’re going to be unstoppable.

Through her courses and programs, Lola Pickett empowers empaths and sensitive folk to rewire their brains, bodies, and behavior for internal & external resilience; shifting from self-repression to soul-expression.

She is the published author of the Wild Messengers Alchemical Tarot, host of the Moon + Manifest podcast and founder of Empathology™—an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual resiliency training program.

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