Not only can narcissistic-type abuse damage your emotional well-being but it can also take a toll on your physical health. Livthrough abuse can be very damaging and requires time and effort for recovery. Following departure from the narcissistic abuse itself, the questions become How to heal from the trauma of narcissistic abuse. The good news is that recovery is possible, although the healing time may be slow.
A mental health professional can be very helpful in the assessment of your individual needs and be able to point the way to healing from narcissistic abuse. Therapy can be one way to full healing and the return to a healthy and self-confident life.
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You will need help from friends, family, therapists, and the comfort and assurance available through a spiritual relationship with God. This combination will help you step away from the abusive situation while building personal confidence and a more confident life. Mental, physical, and spiritual strength will gird you as you move forward.
What is Narcissistic Abuse?
Narcissistic abuse is a specific form of abuse perpetrated by narcissists. It is typically described as looking like one partner manipulating the other for personal gain. The perpetrator demeans and controls the other person. Usually, gaslighting is present in large amounts, portraying all blame for whatever felt abusive onto the victim. It is control, a pattern resulting in a feeling of helplessness, lack of self-worth and filled with self-blame. It is social isolation resulting in depression and feelings of worthlessness.
Narcissistic abuse also tends to involve copious amounts of gaslighting. “This means they deny any wrongdoing when confronted by their partner, and they flip the situation in such a way that the victim is now to blame for whatever felt abusive,” according to Carrie Mead, licensed psychotherapist.
This follows with the victim starting to question self-worth, reality, ability, and intuition. The abuser alienates the victim from family and friends, leaving the victim feeling trapped, alone, fearful, and unable to concentrate on tasks or plans.
Leaving the Abusive Relationship
The time when you are in the process of leaving or recovering from a narcissistic relationship may be that time of your life when you are most needful of support from your family and friends. You will benefit from compassion and understanding that have been a void in the sick relationship. Welcome those connections. They will remind you that it was not your fault. The company of friends eases you back into confident and relaxed times and fortifies you for the especially difficult days.
Recovery from Narcissistic Abuse
Remember, any form of abuse in your life is unacceptable. You were given life in the womb by the Eternal God, and it is not his will for you to suffer abuse or neglect. Accept love and help from your family and loved ones, perhaps from professional therapy, and from self-care. Allow yourself time to heal, to be reaffirmed emotionally, and strengthened spiritually. Do not flirt with the past relationship. Do not flirt with the past but step forward into the future – to self-affirmation, acceptance, and promise. Read on for some help with How to heal from the trauma of narcissistic abuse.
Some things to accelerate your recovery and ready your return to embrace the world may include;
- Adequate Sleep, Healthy Diet, Daily Physical Activity.
- Connecting with Positive People, Volunteering in a Group, Joining a Bible Study Group
- Follow Coping Skills Learned in Therapy – How to Learn the Truth – Your Truth
- Spend Time in Quiet Meditation, Bible Reading, Praying for God’s Intervention In Your Life.
- Be Patient. Stay Focused. The Best is Yet to Be.
“I cried out,” I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.” Psalm 94: 18-19
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