⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄

How to Overcome The Pain of a Toxic Relationship

⌄ Scroll down to continue ⌄
How to Overcome The Pain of a Toxic Relationship

Okay, you’ve finally done it—you’ve worked up your courage and left the toxic relationship behind. But what about moving forward? The breaking of any relationship, especially a toxic romantic relationship, can leave pain that may seem unbearable. However, moving past that pain is easier than you might think.

Ignite and Reaffirm Your Self-Esteem

It might sound ridiculous to some, but take time to tell yourself that you are smart, beautiful, and worthy of a good life and good relationship to boot. Say it out loud or within your mind, in the mirror, shower, car, wherever you feel comfortable. If you need to, create an affirmation to repeat to yourself on a regular basis. Maintaining your self-esteem, especially in the wake of a toxic relationship, can be difficult, but it’s essential for those who need a reminder of their worth as a person.

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Go Beyond the Traditional Support System

Whether or not you have a good support system from family or friends you can still create support for yourself. A relationship counselor who earned their master’s degree in social work online says that exercise, meditation, and hobbies can all be excellent ways of coping with emotional pain. Simply adding a one-hour event into your schedule could be one hour that is pain-free. Don’t feel obligated to participate in activities you don’t enjoy just for the sake of exercising. Instead, discover what interests you. Whether it’s yoga, aerobics, swimming, tennis, or even extreme roller skating–whatever form of exercise appeals to you is the one you should be doing. If you’re not the athletic type and would rather meditate, find the method that works best for you. Not all meditation has to be done in cross-legged science–meditation takes several forms, of which there is sure to be one which appeals to you!

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Make New Friends

Your friends that you have right now are probably fantastic people, however, it is often through meeting new people that you can rediscover your lost self and begin to move past the pain. Your friends may have been a support group during the toxic relationship—and they should continue to be—but it is easy to dwell on the past and your old relationship when talking to them. Keep those friends close, but look for other people and groups to relate to. By putting yourself out in the open and making some new friends or acquaintances, you are opening new doors and shutting out the pain involved in negative memories. You may also find that new friends offer a fresh perspective on your situation which could help you overcome some of the residual pain.

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Ask For Help

You’ve been hurt but that doesn’t mean you’re broken. Your family, friends, and even YOU are waiting for you to ask for help. It is okay to ask for help and no, you won’t sound weak doing so. It takes immense strength to ask for any kind of help, so in a way, asking for help is making you stronger and thus it can be used as a tool to counter the lingering pain. Those who care about you will not judge you or dismiss you for asking for help because that’s not what caring people do! They will be cheering for you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to ask them for the occasional support.

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄
⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

Moving past the pain of a toxic romantic relationship seems like a battle that is unwinnable. However, if you invest in a good support system and believe in yourself you can take small steps to minimize the pain and eventually leave it far, far behind.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

⌄ Scroll down to continue reading article ⌄

More by this author

Kara Masterson

Freelance Writer

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Health Policy
5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Health Policy
The Next Stage: 4 Tips For Successfully Navigating Retired Life
The Next Stage: 4 Tips For Successfully Navigating Retired Life
entrepreneur
7 Ways to Become a Successful Entrepreneur
5 Online Degrees to Help you with your Teaching Career
5 Online Degrees to Help you with your Teaching Career
DIY Designs: Four New Projects to Take on That can Help you Save Money
DIY Designs: Four New Projects to Take on That can Help you Save Money

Trending in Communication

1 How To Get Over Someone You Love 2 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life 3 20 Things to Say to Someone Going Through a Hard Time 4 How to Start Dating After Divorce: 7 Things to Keep in Mind 5 10 People Who Make Me Proud To Be Imperfect

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Explore the Full Life Framework

Advertising
Advertising