Monday, April 24, 2023
Trusting your intuition can be a powerful tool for anyone, but for survivors of abuse, it can be a vital lifeline to safety and healing. After experiencing trauma, it's common for survivors to struggle with trusting their own judgment and instincts. However, learning to trust your intuition can help you stay safe, avoid potentially harmful situations, and make empowered decisions.
Intuition is often described as a gut feeling, a sense of knowing that comes from within. It's an inner voice that speaks to us, guiding us towards what feels right and warning us of potential danger. For survivors of abuse, this inner voice may have been silenced or overridden by years of manipulation and control. But with time and practice, it's possible to reconnect with your intuition and use it as a powerful tool for healing and recovery.
One of the first steps in learning to trust your intuition is to acknowledge and validate your feelings. Survivors of abuse are often taught to doubt their own perceptions and feelings, to believe that their experiences are not valid or worthy of attention. But your feelings and instincts are valid, and they deserve to be heard and respected. Take time to tune in to your body and emotions, and notice when something feels off or uncomfortable. Your intuition is trying to tell you something, and it's important to listen.
Another important aspect of trusting your intuition is learning to set and enforce boundaries. Boundaries are essential for survivors of abuse, as they help protect you from further harm and empower you to make choices that are in your best interest. When you trust your intuition, you're better able to recognize when a situation or relationship is unhealthy or potentially dangerous, and take steps to protect yourself.
Trusting your intuition can also help you make empowered decisions about your healing and recovery. There are many paths to healing, and what works for one person may not work for another. By listening to your inner voice, you can connect with what feels right for you, and make choices that align with your values and goals.
Of course, learning to trust your intuition is a process, and it can take time and practice. But with patience and self-compassion, it's possible to reconnect with your inner voice and use it as a tool for safety, healing, and empowerment. If you're struggling to trust your intuition or make empowered choices, know that there is help available. Consider reaching out to a therapist, support group, or other trusted resource for guidance and support on your healing journey. Remember, you deserve to feel safe, empowered, and in control of your life.
We are domestic violence survivors, co-authors of Relationship Detox, and Abundant Relationship coaches.
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