53. Overcoming trauma after emotional abuse
When you have been in a certain place for a long enough time to make it feel comfortable when you're not really comfortable because it is familiar and we tend to get familiarized with things and then just succumb to whatever it is and that is when this comes out. How did I know that my relationship was abusive?
One of the reasons why I recognized that my relationship was abusive was the fact that I started journaling. I didn't start journaling till after I left the relationship. I did write a couple of things here and there, prayers down and stuff like that, but I didn't actually sit down and talk about what was going on in my life, about my feelings, and certain events that were going on until I left the relationship.
There's brain damage that goes into being physically, emotionally, and psychologically abused. Therefore you don't always remember everything and that is the importance of journaling. When I started journaling, I started remembering certain moments in the relationship and I started writing about them. I also started writing about how I felt right then and there and the things that were going on at that moment. I had totally forgotten about it because I had hidden it from everybody, including myself. Journaling when you were in a toxic, abusive relationship, will keep you up to date with what is going on.
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