Leaving behind an abusive lover is not an easy task. So, the first thing one must do after leaving a toxic relationship is to simply congratulate yourself for doing this.
Whether you’ve suffered emotional abuse, physical violence, or even a partner who constantly gaslights you, you should know that you deserve better.
While the journey to recovery and healing your heart may be long, it is an important step.
Look at a few ways to rebuild your self-esteem after you leave a toxic relationship.
1. Accept the end of that relationship
Accept that the relationship ending was not your fault and forgive yourself for letting someone treat you less than you deserve. Be kind to yourself and do not doubt or belittle yourself for your choices.
2. Finding a hobby
Take up a new hobby where you can create something tangible and gauge your progress. Be it pottery, painting, or even making sculptures. Seeing tangible results from your perseverance can give you the validation and satisfaction you need from learning a new skill.
3. Recharge yourself
Give your mutual friends some space and reconnect with childhood pals. This will help you recollect your old self who was more confident and outgoing.
4. Occupy yourself
It can be helpful to assist someone with tasks. Be it kind advice to someone who is starting out in their career, giving cooking lessons to a teenager, or even lending a kind ear to someone dealing with emotional baggage. This would also rebuild your self-confidence as someone who can actively contribute to society.
5. Rediscovering activities
Rediscover activities you pursued during childhood that gave you joy. Be it cycling, reading a romance novel, flying a kite, and stargazing. Do these again to reclaim your self-esteem.