There are times when in a controlling and abusive relationship, the victim does not realize that she is in a toxic relationship . That is why it is so important not only to identify it, but also to know what to do when it is identified and how to overcome it and recover from having experienced continuous abuse.

Mental abuse is a type of domestic violence. Being involved in an abusive and controlling mental relationship can wreak havoc on many different parts of your life, including your self-esteem, your relationships, your career, and your overall psychological well-being. Beating or physical abuse is not necessary for the victim to suffer the ravages of psychological abuse. If you are living in a toxic and abusive type of relationship, you should allow yourself to get out of that situation as soon as possible.

Healing from a controlling and mentally abusive relationship takes time, effort, support, and patience. If you are considering ending an abusive relationship , but are not sure where to turn, you can get free, anonymous advice and assistance from the Abused Toll Free Phone. In Spain the number you can use to find out what to do is the following: 016.

But once you’ve taken the step and done with the relationship that plagued you, it’s time to start over … and begin your recovery process. To make it easier for you, follow these tips.

give yourself time

Emotional healing does not happen overnight, you need to give yourself the time you need to heal. Recovering from an abusive relationship doesn’t happen instantly. After you break up, you will need time to rebuild your life. You may have a lot to think about, like moving to a new home, looking for a job , taking care of children or other financial problems that you will have to solve to find your stability.

Seek the support of your loved ones

It is essential that you do not feel alone in the world and this is achieved by seeking the support of trusted friends, family or a therapist . Your self-esteem and your level of confidence may be damaged by the absurdity you have endured … Also, it is not uncommon for you to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Seeking help can be difficult, but it will be fine for you and you will be able to talk about what is happening to you and how you feel. It is also necessary that together with a suitable professional, you begin to work on rebuilding your self-esteem . If necessary, ask your doctor for a referral to therapists who specialize in domestic violence issues.

Find an outlet that helps you express your feelings

You must be creative in this and express your feelings in a journal or through art … Be it writing, with music, painting … You decide how you want your emotions to be reflected and leave your mind to find balance emotional. Doing this will help you connect with your feelings and is essential to be able to heal emotionally.

Keep a schedule and follow some routines

When you feel ready, do and follow a schedule with routines . When an already abusive toxic relationship ends, you may feel like there is nothing else to do or that you have no future. Maintaining some routines can make you feel safe and normal. Do not eat too much or sleep more than necessary, do not do the opposite. Avoid using drugs or alcohol because they will only make things worse and how you feel.

Find a support group

You may consider finding a support group of people who have been through the same situation as you. A support group can offer you a safe place to discuss your feelings with other people who understand your experience because they have been through the same thing. Also, hearing the stories of other people who have been abused can make you feel less alone, and receiving empathy and validation will help you through the recovery process. 

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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