Congratulations, you’ve made it out of an abusive relationship. You’ve overcome the biggest obstacle, and now you can enjoy a better quality of life. Part of this next chapter is rebuilding your self-esteem because chances are you’re not feeling too confident right now. No worries though. The counselors and therapists at Perspectives Counseling Centers are here to help.
Check out this guide to boost your confidence after an abusive relationship.
Find a Therapist near You
Working with a therapist can significantly speed up your progress. We’re not just saying that because we have counseling centers in Michigan. Therapists have years of specialized training to help people get through major life transitions. You’re going through one right now. A therapist can show you confidence-boosting strategies that are tailored to your personality and lifestyle.
Your therapist can also help you see past experiences in a new light. Years of belittling and brainwashing may have altered your view of yourself and life as a whole. You can retrain your mind to recognize your positive features and eliminate negative thoughts. Find a trusted therapist near you with experience in self-esteem building, and you’ll be on the fast-track to confidence.
Discover Your Likes and Passions
You may have lost sight of your personal passions in the relationship. Use this fresh start as a chance to revisit those passions and discover new ones. Go to a concert, take a dance class, learn a foreign language, or travel to a place you’ve never been. Find what makes you happy, and enjoy the positivity that follows.
Revamp an Element of Your Appearance
Sometimes all it takes is a haircut or a new outfit to make you feel like a new person. This doesn’t mean you need to change. You’re beautiful just the way you are. However, having a slightly revamped appearance will make you feel like a snake shedding its skin. Treat yourself to a change that’s going to make you feel happy, attractive and ready to take on the world.
Surround Yourself with Supportive People
Supportive people naturally boost your confidence. These are the ones that will tell you how great you look and will congratulate you on every accomplishment. Think about the people who make your life the best – the ones that make you happy and brighten up your day. Keep those individuals close, and eliminate negative energy from your life.
Compliment Yourself Every Day
Look in the mirror and tell yourself how great you look. Find a specific feature to compliment yourself on, whether it be your hair, your smile, your determinedness, your charisma, or anything else along those lines. Write those positive messages on a sticky note and put them somewhere you’ll see throughout the day. This may seem forced at first, but you’ll start to believe yourself after a while.
Celebrate Your Strengths
You don’t need a special occasion to celebrate. You do amazing things every day, and those are worth recognizing. Take a moment to acknowledge all of the strengths you have, even if they may not seem important to someone else. They’re important to you, and that’s all that matters.
To get in touch with a therapist near you, contact Perspectives Counseling Centers at (248) 244-8644.