While you may never have thought that you would get yourself involved in a relationship that would turn out to be abusive, if it does happen to you, the biggest obstacle to overcome is getting out of that relationship. When you do manage to break free from a relationship that is emotionally/mentally or physically abusive (or both), there will be a great deal of healing and recovering that you will need to do. Get to know some of the options available to you to help you overcome your abusive relationship and to get back to the person you were before an abusive person walked into your life.
Get a Checkup from Your Primary Care Doctor
One of the best ways that you can recover from a situation that was dangerous and toxic to your physical and mental health is to start taking care of your overall health again. The first, and probably easiest, way that you can start this process is to get checked out by your primary care physician.
A physical exam can help to identify any issues you may be having due to physical injuries sustained during the relationship. Additionally, many sufferers of abuse also tend to neglect taking care of themselves in general while in the abusive relationship. As such, you could be behind on vaccinations, annual health screenings, and the like. You will want to catch up on these things now that you are a priority in your life again.
Talk to a Therapist
After you break up with anyone, whether the relationship was abusive or not, you will experience a myriad of emotions and will likely struggle to get back to your own version of normal. However, when a relationship was abusive, this can be even more of a struggle.
You may be experiencing panic attacks, anxiety, depression, or a general sense of dread. Additionally, it is common for people who were in abusive situations to find themselves constantly bombarded with images and memories of the events that occurred during the relationship. The reliving of traumatic events is an indicator that a person is suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you are dealing with any such issues or just need somebody to talk to and you do not feel comfortable doing so with family or friends, you can go to a counselor or therapist for assistance with these issues. Choosing a therapist can be made easier if you get a therapist referral when you are at your primary care checkup or if you look for a counseling center that specializes in PTSD or abuse recovery.
Now that you have a few ideas of how you can overcome the end of an abusive relationship, you can get started in your recovery process and get to feeling more like yourself as soon as possible. Start seeking out therapy options through services like Cancer Lifeline to start your journey today.