If you are or have been in a mentally and emotionally abusive relationship with a toxic narcissist, you can probably identify with the idea of forgetting to take care of yourself. I mean, if we’re being real here, we note that probably everyone has had this experience at one time or another – especially those with children.
But this is a different kind of “forgetting to take care of yourself,” one that becomes chronic and causes you to almost literally cross yourself off your own priority list. And when that happens? No good can come of it.
I have coaching clients, SPAN members, readers and YouTube viewers tell me every day that they find that they’ve forgotten how to take care of themselves. Some have even said they have to remind themselves to stop and eat, to shower and even to sleep.
I’ve been there – and I thought maybe if I shared a bit of my own experience, it could help you to get back on track. So let me tell you a story.
After you watch the video, let me know: what do you do to remember to take care of yourself? Do you need to take better care of YOU? What can you do today to take care of yourself better? Share your thoughts and experiences below.
Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy.
She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.