Mental Gymnastics Can Be Good for You in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Mental Gymnastics Can Be Good for You in Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

We’ve touched on the importance of memory as the storage and filing system of your brain and how it can be affected by narcissistic abuse. As a survivor, I’m sure you’ve encountered frustrating memory lapses such as forgetting why you walked into that room or being unable to remember where you put your keys. While these types of things are a part of life, you can work to lessen such occurrences by exercising your brain. Let’s take a look at how your memory is like a muscle and the ways you can start to “work it out” to make it stronger.

Work to Improve Current Skills
It’s likely you have a set of hobbies you are good at and enjoy. That’s wonderful. You may have noticed that what you love to do has gotten easier over time, possibly less challenging or even boring. That’s because your brain has become accustomed to doing these activities, and new connections aren’t being formed in your neuropathways. You can change that by pushing yourself to push your skills or to pursue more difficult activities in your current hobbies. For example, try an advanced crossword puzzle or learn some new painting techniques.

Switch Up Your Routine
On that same note, the things we do every day as a matter of our daily self-care, leisure, household, commute and work habits can become complacent and boring. Doing things the same way day after day isn’t stretching your brain’s limits or causing it to gain new connections. Try switching things up by attempting the opposite of what you ordinarily do each day. This will cause you to use the other side of your brain for a change. Use your less dominant hand for things like writing or using your computer mouse. Take a different way to work. Make a concerted effort to talk to someone new. Watch a documentary instead of your usual Tuesday night sitcom.

Get Physical
Yes, physical exercise also gives your memory a workout. The reason for this is that our brains rely on an adequate supply of oxygen in order to function well. When you engage in physical activity, you’re boosting the flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. Aerobic exercise like running or cycling work best for ramping up the blood flow.

Take a Class
Learning something new is a sure-fire way to increase brain health and make your memory stronger. Sign up for a class in something you’ve always wanted to try or even just look up a tutorial online for a start. Anything that causes you to work your brain in new ways will have the effect of creating additional neural pathways and connections.

Teach What You Know
Another method for upping your brain power that many people may not realize is to teach something to someone else. Showing someone how to do something causes you to organize the material and to figure out ahead of time how to present it. These steps lead to increasing your own understanding of the information and your ability to recall it with ease.

These are merely a few common ways to keep your memory working and the brain connections forming. Anything new you can add to your routine will probably help. Have fun adding activities to your own memory strengthening regimen and see if you notice a difference in what you’re able to remember.

Social Interactions Will Strengthen Your Memory: Managing C-PTSD Symptoms Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Social Interactions Will Strengthen Your Memory: Managing C-PTSD Symptoms Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

It’s really easy to become isolated from your friends and family members during and after narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships.

Maintaining communication and interaction with important people in your life can have some great benefits, some of which are particularly useful in improving your overall brain health. Science shows that interpersonal activities can stimulate your brain and ward off cognitive decline. Here are some tips for keeping your mind sharp during and after a toxic relationship.

Get a Mental Workout
Social interactions require a lot from your mind. You essentially get a mental workout when hanging out with friends and conversing. Such activities cause your brain to utilize various processes in order to follow conversations logically, make meaning of the words, hold information while forming a response and provide appropriate contributions. It’s no wonder socialization helps to keep you sharp.

Avoid Cognitive Decline
I’ve touched on this in past posts because it’s so important. Staying socially active is thought to slow the onset of cognitive decline. This is crucial information to have when you’re trying to maintain your mental faculties as long as possible. We all want to enjoy life after abuse – we deserve to live it to the fullest. Socializing with others will not only enhance your quality of life, but it can also improve your chances of staying mentally fit. Research has concluded that those with larger social circles are less likely to develop dementia-related conditions.

Improve Mental Health
Positive mental health is a key component of brain health. Interacting with others causes you to use brain function you otherwise wouldn’t when isolated on a regular basis. Doing so has been demonstrated to help delay the onset of cognitive decline. Mental health and mental acuity go hand in hand. Plus, it just makes sense that having a social support network can help to lessen the harmful effects of depression and anxiety, especially when things get rough.

Even if you’re not engaged with others every day, knowing there are folks you can call in a rough patch can provide peace of mind. Plus, getting social with others can be a quick and effective way to reduce stress and frustration.

There are lots of ways to get more social engagement in your life. Even if you don’t consider yourself a social butterfly or prefer to be a homebody, taking some extra effort to add conversations and interactions with people is an investment that can pay off by enhancing your mental faculties. You can start small by enjoying hobbies or talking on the phone with a friend. Any amount of socialization can help. Socializing is good and necessary for your brain health.

Cognitive Dissonance and Abuse Amnesia

Cognitive Dissonance and Abuse Amnesia

Are they really a narcissist? What if I was wrong? It wasn’t so bad, was it? Are you asking yourself these questions or feeling like your love will be enough to make things ok/heal the toxic person? You may be experiencing cognitive dissonance and abuse amnesia. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Lise Colucci is one of the narcissistic abuse recovery life coaches at QueenBeeing.com. For info or to schedule a coaching appointment with Lise go to https://queenbeeing.com/lise-colucci-c

Join The QueenBeeing SPANily (Support for People Affected by Narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships) – AKA “The SPANily” – at https://queenbeeing.com/span.

Trauma Bonds and Ways to Heal

Trauma Bonds and Ways to Heal

Being trauma bonded to an abuser is being tied to something you know harms you yet still feeling unable to get away. The emotional ties alone are confusing and challenging. Have you experienced this or wonder what a trauma bond is? Here are a few ways to help you break those bonds too . What are your thoughts or experiences?

Lise Colucci is one of the narcissistic abuse recovery life coaches at QueenBeeing.com.  For info  or to schedule a coaching appointment with Lise go to https://queenbeeing.com/lise-colucci-c

Join The QueenBeeing SPANily (Support for People Affected by Narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships) – AKA “The SPANily” – at https://queenbeeing.com/span.

C-PTSD, Coping With Stress, Emotional Numbness and Trust

C-PTSD, Coping With Stress, Emotional Numbness and Trust

Complex PTSD, what are some of the symptoms, what is it like and what helps cope with some of the symptoms when under daily stress?

Related video- https://youtu.be/TkkyLbWGSyI

Lise Colucci is one of the narcissistic abuse recovery life coaches at QueenBeeing.com. For info or to schedule a coaching appointment with Lise go to https://queenbeeing.com/lise-colucci-c

Join The QueenBeeing SPANily (Support for People Affected by Narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships) – AKA “The SPANily” – at https://queenbeeing.com/span.

Gaslighting Examples- How It Feels and Ways to Recover

Gaslighting Examples- How It Feels and Ways to Recover

Gaslighting, what is it and how does it feel? Also, ways to deal with it and recover after.

Lise Colucci is one of the narcissistic abuse recovery life coaches at QueenBeeing.com.

For info or to schedule a coaching appointment with Lise go to https://queenbeeing.com/lise-colucci-c

Join The QueenBeeing SPANily (Support for People Affected by Narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships) – AKA “The SPANily” – at https://queenbeeing.com/span.

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