Understanding happiness and finding your own happiness can be very unclear, and there is not a single path to happiness. Happiness is defined as, “a state of well-being and contentment. joy; a pleasurable or satisfying experience”. You may think after experiencing abuse, how could I possibly find this definition of happiness? But happiness is a personal experience, unique to each person and while you may not see happiness in your future it is possible for you to find happiness.

After experiencing abuse, you can be left with many issues; including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. All of which can keep you up at night, leave you irritable and stressed. It is important to take some time for yourself to release tension and stress, read our blog about why “Me Time” matters. Trained advocates at The Shelter are always available to talk when you need. It is important to remember, that making the decision to leave an abusive relationship requires a lot of personal strength, now that you have overcome that obstacle start putting your strength into you and your recovery. Let yourself feel the emotions of a break-up because it is normal! Try doing things that you enjoyed before the relationship, and reconnecting with friends or family that you may have lost touch with.

The important part is to not feel down on yourself. You have survived, and the worst days may yet be behind you. Let yourself breath, and understand that healing takes time. You can learn more about life after abuse, here at loveisrespect.com.



Remember, trained advocates at The Shelter are here for you 24/7, 800-931-7233.

In an emergency contact 9-1-1.

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