Avoid becoming an emotional sponge...
HURT PEOPLE HURT, SAD PEOPLE MAKE OTHER PEOPLE SAD.
It easy to give a listening ear to others, but if you're like me then you would definetly absorb other peoples negative energy.
I call it being an emotional sponge, its not the best personality to possess but i realize despite me trying to avoid toxic, negative situations i usually get trapped by someone pouring their hearts out to me about the bad day they are having or some emotional trauma that they are experiencing and being the person i am i just won't say no.
It's astonishing because i'm not aware at that moment the energy that i am attracting until i leave that person or place but after realizing this its already too late i have become emotionally drained.
FIGHTING THE EMOTIONALLY DRAINED BATTLE
I learned that you have to choose what and who to spend your time listening to,you can't help everyone, especially if you are not in a positive vibe or frequency at that time, understand that when assisting some people you have to be in a high vibration,or the result will be EPIC for you plus you don't want the feeling of being trapped by other peoples problems when you have your own issues to deal with unless you're a therapist,even so despite that i'm sure they also have to be mentally prepared to deal with their clients.
Don't get me wrong i'm not saying you can't be a source of strength or rock for those close to you but just know that you should always be prepared mentally to avoid becoming an emotional sponge.