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Emotional Abuse and Self-Care

by | Self-Care


Emotional abusers leave a wake of chaos that makes it difficult for victims to find time and energy for self-care

Victims of Emotional Abuse Deserve Self-Care

While it is a difficult sacrifice to make when emotional abuse, pornography use, infidelity, and other forms of relational abuse are causing chaos, women can make the courageous decision to choose self-care.

The Best Self-Care is Protection From Abuse

Boundaries are not statements, requests, or ultimatums. They are actions that are taken by courageous women to protect themselves and their children from harm.

Women begin healing when they find the strength within themselves to set boundaries.

Victims of Emotional Abuse Can Practice Simple Self-Care Boundaries Toward Healing

It can be confusing and overwhelming to accept that you are in an abusive relationship. Many women find that it is easier to start with the most basic boundaries and move forward. Here are some simple self-care boundaries that will help women protect themselves from abuse:

  • I deserve to be treated with respect: I walk out of the room (or house) when someone raises their voice at me
  • I deserve to live in a pornography-free environment: if someone uses pornography in my home, I ask them to leave indefinitely (or, my children and I leave, indefinitely)
  • I want to be healthy, I eat when I am hungry and sleep when I am tired

Betrayal Trauma Recovery Supports Women in Establishing Self-Care

Boundaried victims find that they are able to find time and energy for more extensive and healing forms of self-care. Some ways that abuse victims practice self-care are:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Journeling
  • Art
  • Writing poetry

Betrayal Trauma Recovery Supports Emotional Abuse Victims

Join the Betrayal Trauma Recovery Support Group and find community, validation, and support as you join women all over the world who are seeking healing from emotional abuse. BTRG meets every daily in every single time zone. Now you can get the support you need, when you need it. Remember, you are not alone.

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  1. Ella

    Wow! I love meditation as part of healing. Thank you for this post. This was a great reminder for some much needed meditation.

  2. Anon

    I definitely need to step up my meditation game. Thank you.

  3. CR

    I am truly grateful to connect with an organization like BTR, one that legitimately (in actions, not just in words) supports ALL women in ALL their various stages of relationships. My heart opened up a huge amount of space for this group when I first read about the various women who make up BTR’S Board of Directors. In, doing so, I recognized that this isn’t an organization that’s going to elevate my husband’s recovery, or the "rescue" of our marriage, above what’s best for me and my own soul. That’s something very rare to find in this world of resources for women impacted by sex addiction and infidelity!!!

  4. M

    Thank you for a beautiful meditation!


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