Surviving Narcissistic Abuse and the Healing Journey After
by: Todd Doyle, International Author of Healing the Shattered: Surviving Narcissistic Abuse
Surviving narcissistic abuse can be a difficult and challenging journey, and it is important to recognize that healing is a process that takes time and effort. It is common for individuals who have experienced narcissistic abuse to feel confused, isolated, and unsure of their own worth, and it can be difficult to rebuild a sense of self-worth and self-esteem after experiencing abuse.
Here are some steps that may be helpful in the healing journey after narcissistic abuse:
Seek support: It is important to surround yourself with supportive friends, family, or professionals who can validate your feelings and experiences and provide emotional support. This may include seeking therapy or joining a support group.
Practice self-care: Taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally is an important aspect of healing. This may involve engaging in activities that nourish your body and mind, such as exercise, healthy eating, and engaging in hobbies or activities that bring you joy.
Set boundaries: Setting and enforcing healthy boundaries is an important aspect of self-care and can help protect you from further abuse. Communicate your limits and expectations clearly and consistently, and do not be afraid to seek help if your boundaries are violated.
Challenge negative thoughts: It is common for individuals who have experienced narcissistic abuse to have negative thoughts about themselves and their worth. It is important to recognize and challenge these thoughts, and to practice self-compassion and self-forgiveness.
Seek therapy: Working with a therapist can be a helpful way to process the emotional impact of the abuse and work through any feelings of low self-worth or self-esteem. A therapist can also help you develop healthy coping strategies and work through any underlying issues that may have contributed to your vulnerability to narcissistic abuse.
Remember, the healing journey after narcissistic abuse is not a linear process, and it is important to be patient with yourself and allow yourself the time and space to heal. Seek support and engage in self-care practices that nourish your body and mind, and remember that you are not alone and there is help available.