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Have you ever had a relationship, romantic or otherwise, that has left you feeling drained, hurt, betrayed, or trapped? Consistently experiencing negative emotions from a relationship could be an indication that you’ve experienced some trauma from your relationship. Relationship trauma can be difficult to overcome since it often seems to affect your other friendships and relationships. Here are some tips that can help you to know how to move forward.

Meet with a Therapist

First of all, it can be helpful to meet with a therapist so you can better understand the emotions and feelings that you’re experiencing. A therapist can help you to analyze and interpret the different experiences that you’ve had within your relationship and how those have contributed to your trauma. For example, if you’ve experienced a romantic relationship that didn’t have a lot of trust or loyalty, your therapist can help you to understand those feelings and learn how to trust in your loved ones again.

Confide in Your Family or Friends

Second, it is very important to confide in your family and friends during this time of healing. Sometimes, when you’ve experienced relationship trauma, it can be tempting to close off from everyone around you. It might seem too painful to acknowledge your feelings and past experience. However, that is why it is so important to do so. Confiding in those around you will lead you to healing. Make sure that you discuss these feelings with a trustworthy loved one that you feel understands you. Opening up about your emotions can help you to process and understand them. Eventually, confiding in others about your experiences can help you to lessen the power that your trauma had over you. This will help you to heal and let go of your past experiences.

Recognize Your Worth

Finally, make sure that you are recognizing your personal worth. This can be a difficult process, particularly if you’ve been in a relationship that has made you feel undervalued and demeaned. Realize that your personal worth is not determined by your relationships. It is not determined by how you are treated by others. Instead, it is determined by your intrinsic worth. You are worthy and deserving of love because you are human. Surround yourself with people that help you to recognize that worth, and participate in activities, like hobbies, that bring you happiness and help you to see that worth in yourself.

So, if you’ve been experiencing some relationship trauma and are seeking healing, remember the suggestions made in this article. Of course, these aren’t all of the answers to your situation. You might require more extensive help to achieve closure and healing. But trust in the process and remember that you’ll feel the happiness that you deserve as you move forward.

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