Relationships are essential to human connection, but they can also be the source of trauma. Whether it’s physical, emotional, or mental harm, any form of trauma in a relationship can have a significant impact on an individual. It can cause feelings of insecurity, fear, and worthlessness that can be challenging to overcome. If you’re struggling with the effects of relationship trauma, you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll discuss how you can overcome trauma and heal from it to move on and live a fulfilling life.
Understanding Relationship Trauma
Trauma in a relationship is not limited to physical or sexual abuse; it can also include mental and emotional harm. Unfortunately, emotional abuse is present in about 80% of intimate relationships, while 50% of couples report experiencing lifetime emotional abuse by a partner. Mental and emotional injuries are often harder to recognize and explain, making it difficult to receive the help needed to heal.
Chronic Emotional Abuse and Neglect
Chronic emotional abuse and neglect can be just as devastating as physical or sexual abuse, and they come from not being seen, understood, or having nowhere to feel safe. Children who experience emotional trauma are more likely to carry it into adulthood and have similar experiences in their relationships. Healing from traumatic relationships can be a challenge because it can make individuals feel like they can’t move on, are not worth it, or they can’t leave all the challenges of the past behind.
Overcoming traumatic relationships requires support from others. Unfortunately, those who are experiencing trauma in a relationship may feel isolated or cut off from the people that once supported them, making it challenging to get help. However, it is essential to remember that people still love and care about you and are willing to help. Reaching out to people you can depend on is the first step to getting the support you need. If you don’t have anyone to reach out to, consider seeking support from a domestic violence shelter or city resources. You don’t have to talk about your trauma or abuse, but you need to reach out and ask for help to leave the unhealthy relationship.
Life’s Pivot Points
It’s essential to focus on your strengths and what you can do today to overcome relationship trauma. Life has a way of providing pivot points where you can choose to keep doing the things you’ve always done, or you can choose to do something different. If you’re planning to leave an unhealthy relationship, start saving money or working part-time jobs to have the financial means to do so. However, if your physical safety is at risk, leave immediately, and seek help from a domestic violence shelter or service.
Overcoming relationship trauma is a journey that requires patience and support. Healing from traumatic relationships can be a challenge, but it’s crucial to remember that you are not alone. Seek support from people you trust or resources in your city, and focus on your strengths to pivot towards a brighter future. You deserve to feel worthy, loved, and safe in your relationships, and with the right support, you can overcome relationship trauma and live a fulfilling life.
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