I realize my posts can be repetitive sometimes, & this time is no different. The reason is I feel the need to share things as God places in my heart, & sometimes He must feel a topic bears repeating.
Today, I feel God wants me to remind you to take breaks.
Learning about narcissism, even how you can heal from it, can be extremely draining. It can exhaust you mentally & physically because it’s such an intense subject. Even learning how to heal can be extremely exhausting, because the abuse is so insidious & invasive. Being exhausted is not only unpleasant, but can lead to physical & emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, muscle pain, headaches & more.
Today, I feel God wants you to know it’s OK, & even necessary, to take breaks.
I understand sometimes that can be hard, especially in the early stages of healing. It’s so incredible to find out that you really are NOT the problem! You’re normal & reacting normally to very abnormal circumstances. You want to learn more about NPD as well as ways for you to heal. All of this is great, but truly, you can’t focus on such things 24/7. So take frequent breaks where you refuse to think about such things.
There is no scale of how often you need to take breaks. Simply follow your heart. If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, that means it’s time to take a break. If you’re becoming irritable, it’s time for a break. If you feel overly emotional, physically tired or even just out of sorts, it’s time for a break. Signs like this are your mind & body’s way of saying it’s time to relax & stop focusing on such intense topics for a while.
There also is no steadfast rules of what you need to do when you take a break. Do whatever you enjoy that relaxes you. I love herbal teas, crocheting & fun movies or music. I also spend more time with the furkids or hang out with close friends. What little things can you do that help relax you? Then do it & enjoy yourself!
Narcissistic abuse is no laughing matter. It is extremely painful & invasive to the victims. Always remember that, & remember that taking frequent respites from such an intense & negative topic will help you in the long run. xoxo