Just a quick one, if things get too much and you are unable to move away from crowds or find a quiet space, rest your hand/hands over your belly button. Works wonders to deter that energy draining from others.
:0) Have a great day!
I am empathic and a healer as well, and went through a similar stage to where you are at the moment. I was constantly feeling drained all the time and never had the a chance to fully recharge again. As silly as it sounds, I found that wearing an Amethyst braclet on my right wrist seemed to help with the energy control and also my well being, especially in crowds. I was able to find balance again and felt strong enough to cope with the feelings around me. It also helped me block out unwanted energies as well.
Hope this helps!
You need to get to know you. Until this happens you will not feel settled. Take the time to do things that you enjoy. Stop bothering about what others think of you, you need to like you before others will accept you. Take every move you make as a challenge instead of a hinderance. Seeking other's company is good, but being alone is not so bad either. Remember that no matter what happens the Sun always goes up and down.
I married a Cancer/Gemini man. He likes directness and doesnt like things repeated continuously as this annoys him alot and will shutdown on a subject if it is overplayed. In the case of your friend, don't harp on this subject of his ex, he is with you, appreciate it, move on to creating new memories together. He is loyal to you, so enjoy it!