by Conscious Reminder
One thing that we all keep entirely for ourselves is our inner worlds, and regardless of how caring and empathetic we may be, we may never know how someone feels, no matter of how hard they are trying to show us.
Our emotions are one powerful and profound part of our everyday lives, and all that pain we may go through would often be masked. However, those of us that never take time to think about our feelings, or what makes us feel in the way that we are feeling, are not going to have the capacity to learn better about how we can control them.
Usually, we will not realize that we are the victims of emotional abuse, and in such cases, this goes unnoticed. However, it is significant to actually take the time that we need and try being more objective every time we notice that we are feeling hurt on an emotional level in any possible way.
In fact, emotional abuse may be a serious type of abuse, just like the physical one, or it can be worse as well.
For those of us who are wondering if they are the victims of emotional abuse or not, here are some common signs to pay attention to:
- Invading our privacy;
- Name calling;
- Ridicule and insults;
- Trying to make us question our own sanity;
- Making us feel guilty or punishing us for not doing what they want;
- Trying to constantly control our lives;
- Isolating us from friends and family;
- Making threats, etc.
Emotional abuse may crush our souls, and we will usually find it hard to discover whose fault it was. Therefore, we are usually going to blame ourselves. However, it will never be our fault.
According to theories, emotional abuse can have permanent effects like chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.
Which are the permanent and which the temporary impacts of serious emotional abuse?
Temporary impacts include:
- Pain or ache;
- Racing heartbeats;
- Muscle tension;
- Continually feeling moody;
- Difficulties in concentration, etc.
Permanent impacts include:
- Chronic pain;
- Lower self-esteem;
- Social withdrawal;
- PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder, etc.
Whether we are or we were victims of such kind of abuse, we have to talk about things, and also settle problems with the ones involved. When nothing is going to work, we should distance ourselves from the bad and poisonous environment, which will bring nothing else but harm and pain to our mental health.
Also, on our way to recovery, we can try certain things such as talking to our trusted counselor, journaling and forgiving the one who abused us. We can also try taking up new hobbies that give us meaning, minding our diet, reaching out to other people for support, doing some physical exercise, or reading inspiring and motivating books which are going to help us work through our pain and keep moving forward.
What happens after the emotional abuse doesn’t need to be our “normal” for days, months, or year, because we deserve something better, and we can also do what we have to in order to replace the harmful experiences with confidence-building and healthy ones.
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