Dating after healing from an abusive relationship can seem daunting, triggering, and even impossible. However, the most important thing to remember is that you are always in control.
When you’re in a toxic relationship, you may have let yourself ignore red flags and shut down your emotions. In cases of severe emotional abuse, gaslighting, and manipulation, you may have even dissociated yourself entirely from the relationship.
I was in a long emotionally abusive relationship, which caused a lot of trauma within my mind and body. It took me nearly two years to break the trauma bond, rewire my brain to combat the gaslighting, and break down my toxic traits of people-pleasing and codependency.