- From Dr. Elaine Aron, who has studied highly sensitive people extensively: spend at least 8-10 hours per day in bed, plus two hours per day in quiet time (meditation or solitude); spend at least one hour per day exercising in a natural setting; have plenty of down time, such as one day off per week and one month vacation per year; spend plenty of time in nature and with animals; carry with you earplugs (for excessive noise) and protein snacks (because over-stimulation decreases blood sugar).
- From Kathy Moore, a hypnotherapist based in San Antonio: energy release work such as yoga, Reiki, hypnotherapy, dance, and for empaths, some sort of shielding or transmuting practice.
Others disagree. Dr. Judith Orloff, herself an empath, recommends that one stay completely, one hundred percent, open. She believes that she can act as a transmuter of negativity, simply by being open and allowing the negativity to pass through herself like a conduit and then be transformed in Mother Earth. I've tried this a few times, and it really requires you to be extremely grounded. Still, it might be an answer for those who would rather put their empathy to good use.