Overcoming narcissist Abuse, by Elizabeth Shaw.
Feeling exhausted and fatigue in recovery.
Feeling lethargic, exhaustion, inability to get on with day to day chores, inability to lose weight, feeling foggy, crazy and confused, these are all normal feelings when you start your journey of recovery into the rediscovery of a new improved happier self.
You will have most likely started with adrenal fatigue whilst in the narcissistic relationship and the symptoms can be masked with others, you may be told you are stressed and need to take time out, adrenal fatigue is a condition with lots of different causes, some people can rest and get better yet if you have been in an abusive relationship, you will not get better with just rest alone, so if you’re still in the relationship you need to get out safely, as adrenal fatigue is caused by your state of mind.
You can have other issues with adrenal fatigue, from cholesterol, insomnia, blood pressure issues, you can sleep too much, depression, anxiety, for women, your periods may change and go all over, men it might affect your sex drive, or abilities to have sex. Headaches, migraines. Lots of health condition side effects.
They can be financial stress and physical stress, which a narcissistic relationship puts you under great strain in all areas of your life, slowly your body may stop fighting, try to get you to rest so it doesn’t shut down, it’s your minds way of protecting you, from outside influences, you just don’t know it at the time.
It affects individuals, differently in the extent of the symptoms you might have.
Being in a narcissistic relationship is one of the top causes of adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms don’t go the second you walk free, or adrenaline might kick in and your up and running, then adrenal fatigue comes back out of no where because you’ve been doing too much, so just take recovery at a pace you are comfortable with, you have to allow yourself the space, time and abilities to heal, as your body and mind is a powerful thing, it has the coping mechanisms to help you heal, in itself.
Study’s have been done, that finding the positives in situations, focusing on the positive, helps you to heal, keep going you can find the positives and you will, then you need to make a conscious effort to keep telling yourself these, if you can not switch your thoughts, the write down 5 things you are grateful for, no matter how hard you have to search find them, as you progress through recovery, if you take a step back and start finding negatives, stop and write down 10 things you’re great full for, as you move through recovery, you will be able to find more.
Drink plenty of water to decrease the symptoms, try to eat good food, don’t totally switch diets, everything in moderation.
Time out for self-care, self-love and self-reflection, try new things and find what you’re passionate about, exercise, meditation, yoga, music, I know I speak a lot about these in my post, they are key things to help with recovery.
Control what you can control in your life, leave what you can not, ask yourself what you can do to make today better, then find a way to do it.
You will go through anger, hurt and resentment, but you need to process them let them out and then move past them.
It is extremely hard to do to start with, but as you keep going it gets easier.
It will feel uncomfortable at first, as you slowly reprogram your mindset, it will become second nature to you, life will become a lot happier and easier.
Just keep going, until you find what works for you.