The common notion is that Empath’s act the way they do naturally. It just happens without their knowledge just like the way the neuron system senses things around it. In fact, some people believe that it is in their DNA.
Listen, life gets hard, harder. There are situations that might get overwhelming. But guess what? You have faced much worse than this. Do you remember how life hasn’t been just sunshine? Then, do understand that life hasn’t been just storms as well.