Recovery From Abusive Relationships. How Long Does It Take?


Drip, drip, drip. A little over a long period of time. It may not feel like you’re making progress, but it ultimately adds up to so much.

One day you’ll look back and be amazed at how far you have come.

Try not to get overwhelmed by the future and how long this healing might take.

You can’t skip this step if you want to change your relationships and life.

Healing is a journey. It never stops. When the student is ready, the teacher comes. You will learn only as much as you are able to cope with at the time. Then the next time you’re ready, you’ll learn a little more. 

Learning to love yourself

Take one day at a time and keep focusing on you and your recovery. You will get there, I promise.

As for finding love again. You will. When you are not looking for it.


Heal YOU first.

Love yourself as much as you want others to love you. 


Then you’ll find happiness within. You’ll be able to be ‘happily single’ and not need a partner to feel whole or secure.

Then when you feel ready to start dating again, you’ll be dating from a position of strength.

You’ll have healthy boundaries. You’ll heed any warning bells.

Don’t be hard on yourself. Try not to blame yourself for any narcissistic abuse.


And keep reminding yourself:

When it comes to recovery from abusive relationships, time is your best friend.


Are you feeling like you’re still in a dark tunnel?  Are you finding your first taste of freedom?  Let me know in the comments below. 

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Recovery From Abusive Relationships. How Long Does It Take