This is What You Do When a Toxic Relationship Damages Your Self-Esteem
Getting involved in a toxic relationship with a narcissist is something that more people deal with than you'd expect. And when you have to endure mental abuse from your partner, it can have a tremendously negative effect on you that lasts a lifetime. It's hard to keep "being yourself" sometimes, especially when you consider all the mental abuse and emotional torture you had to endure and your self-esteem takes a major nosedive because of it. The narcissist does it for a couple of reasons - he or she does it to gain control and boost his or her own ego (yes, women can be abusive, too) - to make you feel worthless and insecure.
The narcissist wants you to have low self-esteem so you won’t think for yourself. Getting out of an unhealthy, toxic relationship like that is the first step you need to take in order to save your own sanity.
Building up confidence in yourself will give you the motivation you need to achieve everything you want out of life.
Try these tips:
Listen, no one is perfect. You accept your friends and family even though they're all flawed in a unique way, right? Why not give yourself the same courtesy? Focus on your positive traits and forgive yourself for your flaws and mistakes, alright?
Accept yourself as you are, right now, in this moment. You are good. You are okay. And you are going to get through this. I promise.
Now it's your turn: Have you struggled with your self-esteem or self-image during or after narcissistic abuse? How'd you manage? What would you tell a friend who was in the same situation? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below - and let's discuss it.