Divorcing an abusive partner takes an immense amount of courage and bravery. Although your toxic relationship has come to an end, the healing process has only just begun. If you’re unsure where to start in your new chapter, consider the following advice.
Understand Healing Takes Time
Abusive relationships are draining in more ways than one— emotionally, mentally, and physically. Healing won’t happen overnight, but it will come. You have control over your life again, and you should take as much time as you need to figure out what you want, who you want, and how you want to do it.
You may be used to isolation. Often, abusers will keep their victims distanced from family and friends, but it’s time to pick up the phone, call your loved ones, and reconnect. Those people who were there for you before will be there as you get back on your feet with a lending hand.
Remember that you are never alone. Reach out to professionals, counselors, or support group who can offer practical advice.
Let Go of the Past
Instead of holding on to past trauma and allow it to engulf you, learn to let it all go. Forgiveness can be liberating. Through counseling, you can discuss the stress you’ve faced and find ways to move forward and build a brighter future.
Do More of What Makes You Happy
When an abusive relationship consumes you, it’s nearly impossible to prioritize your own dreams and interests. Now that you are free, the opportunities to pursue what you love are endless. What are you passionate about? What have you always wanted to try? Maybe it’s DIY crafts, reading, rock climbing, meditating, baking, or running.
Being in an abusive relationship can take away your self-confidence and make you feel unworthy. Healing, retaking control of your life, and learning to love all take time, but these small steps can put you on the right path.
We’re here to listen. We’re here to take the stress out of the process. We’re here to bring you peace of mind. Reach out to our Los Angeles lawyers today at (310) 455-8364 to schedule a consultation. To view our domestic violence area of practice click here.