All forms of abuse are quite damaging to a person’s mental and physical health. But unfortunately, some forms of abuse go unnoticed. For instance, emotional abuse can be done in such a subtle manner that many times it goes unnoticed. However, just because it is not there for our eyes to see, it does not mean it is not real.
Emotional abuse can be as damaging as physical abuse if not more, suggests this report. What makes emotional abuse difficult to spot is the fact it is done in a clever way that pushes people to second guess themselves and live in a vicious cycle of abuse.
One of the most instrumental ways to know how to deal with emotional abuse is to recognize it. Awareness is the first step in how you can slowly gain back control of your life. Here are some tips that might help you cope with emotional abuse:
Put yourself first
Understand and accept that the most important person in your life is really YOU! You have to learn how to take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing, so that you can deal with any outside forces that might threaten your peace.
Set clear boundaries
Be assertive and straightforward when it comes to setting boundaries. Make sure that they know that you deserve to be treated with respect and that you will no longer tolerate being treated badly. And most importantly, make sure you follow through with the boundaries you are setting.
It is not your fault
The way we speak to ourselves and what we tell ourselves is quite imperative in such situations. You have to know that it is not your fault you are being treated this way. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you and you do not deserve to be insulted, manipulated or treated badly. You cannot control the other person’s actions, but you can control your response to them. That is why it is imperative that you talk to yourself kindly, and know that it is not your fault.
Remember that you are not alone in this. Reach out to family, friends or even a professional if necessary. Talking to someone you trust or love can help you feel less alone, and serve as a reminder that you are worthy of respect and love. Having people around you, who can hold your hand and guide you through it, can be quite instrumental for your healing journey.
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