Drop out of abusive relationships – do something healthy for yourself. This one is very important. Sometimes we don’t recognize neglect or abuse because we have become used to it, but the prison walls are very strong. Whether or not it’s a working environment, a friendship, or a relative who negates your contribution, over time, this will wear down your self-esteem and your ability to see your worth.
If this is a longstanding situation or one you cannot change for all sorts of reasons, you must choose to recharge yourself. You can do this in a variety of ways.
Read positive and enlightening material that will help you gain a different perspective and open your mind to other options. Exercise. This is time just for you and the endorphins will contribute to a sense of wellbeing. Some people like to pray, meditate, do yoga or take long walks to clear their heads. Find something or someone to love, like a pet, a full garden, or a volunteer project. The affirming action you are taking here will patch the holes that toxic relationships create.
And lastly, if possible, consider other employment options, broaden your friendship list, or create some emotional space between you and your toxic relative.
We do not need to select “victim” from life’s menu. All of us have talents and skills and the world desires our contribution.
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