Ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut, or like you’re just spinning your wheels? I know the feeling – and so do most other survivors.
The Painful Transition From Narcissistic Abuse to HAVING a Normal Life
After being involved with a narcissist, you may feel depressed and uncertain about your future.
That’s okay! You’ve done the hard part by recognizing that you need help getting out of the relationship and healing from it.
What is dissociation as it relates to narcissistic abuse?
Dissociation is a process by which the individual disconnects from their body and feelings.
This can make it difficult to experience and remember the abuse and process and grieve the experience.
If you’re struggling with dissociation in your recovery from narcissistic abuse, this video is for you! We’ll discuss the symptoms and how to overcome them so you can start rebuilding your life.
This episode is for you if you’re struggling with dissociation in your recovery from narcissistic abuse. We’ll discuss the causes of dissociation, its effects on your life, and how to overcome it.
By the end of this video, you’ll know more about this common symptom of narcissistic abuse and how to overcome it!
The Key to Overcoming Feeling Stuck
Some of us struggle with clutter, so I will use this as an example of how we get stuck.
Clutter can be a highly stressful and destructive problem for some survivors because they feel stuck and unable to function.
Maybe you can relate? If so, you’re probably feeling many things: overwhelmed, confused, stressed, and embarrassed, not to mention depressed.
And who could blame you for feeling this way? I’ve been there myself, and I’ve felt exactly like you do.
Read this next sentence carefully: It is NOT your fault.
If this sounds like something you struggle with, you might want to look at my free 30-day home makeover challenge.
Coach Tip: One Thing
I came up with a little hack that has helped me whenever I felt stuck – and I still use it today.
It is so simple you probably won’t even believe me – but try to do one thing.
Yes, I know, it sounds like it’s TOO simple.
But hear me out. When I felt stuck over the years, I’d eventually permit myself to STAY stuck.
And then I’d tell myself I just had to do ONE thing – that if I wanted to, I’d be able to stop right after that one thing. (For example, if my house were messy, I’d make myself clean off just one table).
And even though I allowed myself to stop at that point, often, that was enough to keep me going – that feeling of accomplishment would push me forward to do the next task, and then the next, and so on.
How to Begin Healing After Narcissistic Abuse
It’s hard to ask for help when you’re feeling so lost and alone, but here are some steps to help you get the kind of narcissist abuse recovery support you need.
Step 1: Consider Your Support System
When you’re trying to recover from narcissistic abuse, it can feel like there’s a giant hole in your life where your support system used to be.
Now it’s time to look at the resources that are available to you right now.
- Do you have friends or family who can support and encourage you?
- Do they know about your experiences with the narcissist?
- If not, do they want to know more?
- If so, what would they most want to learn about?
- What do they already know?
- Is there anything else they need to understand?
Step 2: Ask Yourself
The second step is to talk through the following questions with someone who is safe and supportive and who will listen without judging or criticizing.
- “What am I feeling right now?”
- “How long have I been feeling this way?”
- “What is contributing most strongly right now?”
- “What do I need?”
- “What would help me move forward?”
Step 3: Skip the Sugar-Coating.
The next part is difficult: you’ll have to be brutally honest with yourself here.
This might be hard to swallow, but you’ll be lucky to have a good support system when you finally realize what you’re dealing with.
The truth is that you’ll be among the majority of survivors if your support system isn’t up to snuff.
Don’t worry, though. I’ve been there, and because of that, I have done my best to make it possible for you to recover with the kind of support I WISH I’d have had back then.
In other words, my team and I have you covered, no matter your budget. The following list of free and lower-cost support options might help you as you embark on your narcissistic abuse recovery journey.
Here’s Help with Narcissistic Abuse Recovery
- Online help is readily available for survivors of narcissistic abuse. Here are some options to begin healing from narcissistic abuse right away.
- Sign up for our free email newsletter service that includes a free guided recovery experience via your inbox.
- Use our narcissistic abuse recovery program finder to discover the right program.
- Start your narcissistic abuse recovery here with our free support system and program.
- Join one of our free online narcissistic abuse recovery support groups!
- Join one of our private small coaching groups! (NEW groups offer person-to-person talks 3x each week, plus DM support all week. AKA: regular. life-changing support)
- Get our narcissistic abuse recovery app!
- Get private, one-on-one narcissistic abuse recovery coaching or counseling.
- Get a therapist who will work with you online. Check out our guide to finding a therapist or psychologist who understands narcissism and abuse.