So, the cool thing is that there's actually a good amount of resources out there explaining what healthy relationships look like!Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationship Models10 Tenants of a Healthy Relationship14 Signs of a Healthy Relationship Regarding Partnership10 Signs of a Healthy Relationship Regarding IndividualitySpecific Signs of a Healthy Relationship
I'm linking all of those because while they have a lot of similarities, they also cover a lot of different ground.
Similarly, it is good to recognize some warning signs for an unhealthy relationship. Since it feels to you like your basic knowledge is based off thinking unhealthy relationships are normal, it's good to specifically learn that being mistreated isn't normal
and that you don't have to put up with it.51 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship10 Tenants of an Unhealthy Relationship9 Subtle Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship11 Warning Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship35 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship
Based off knowledge of your previous posts, here are some specific actions I think you could think about taking in order to start learning to trust yourself and be able to build a happy future.
First off, I'm really going to suggest therapy again. Therapy is a great place to start unpacking feelings, take stock of your feelings, learn to take stock of your feelings, and make a plan for what to do if situations you fear coming up (such as getting into another unhealthy relationships) do come up. It can make us feel really powerless when we don't know what will happen and don't know how we'll handle it. It can be really empowering and make us feel safer if we take some time and think ahead of time for us to assess the tools we have to address such situations in the future.
By doing this, you could also build up your trust in yourself. The thing about being in unhealthy relationships is that it actually makes us more
capable of recognizing the signs if they should crop up again. The thing that can hold us back, though, is not trusting our own instincts and feelings and being unable to let go. A lot of people get caught up in "this time, if I work hard enough, I can fix things" or "I'm clearly just too sensitive because of my past experiences, so I can't trust how I'm feeling in this relationship and just need to work harder because this is how it's supposed to be" instead of learning to let go. "This is not my problem to fix. I'm ready for a deserve a partner who is my equal and will put equal work into a relationship. This is clearly not the case in this relationship, so for my own sake, I'm going to let go of this one. I deserve better."
Another thing you can do is start practicing setting boundaries. It's important to have and to uphold boundaries in our everyday life. Boundaries with friends, families, strangers, coworkers - all important and good places for you to start practicing. Boundaries protect us and can make us more confident and happier. Here is a pretty good overview by healthline
on how to start thinking about and taking steps towards upholding boundaries.
Which leads me nicely into my next suggestion: take some time to think about yourself and what you
Do you like your current style? Is it time for a haircut? A wardrobe update? A new physical activity/sport?
Is there a hobby you've been wanting to start but have been putting off?
Is there a hobby you used to do that you want to re-connect with?
Is there a skill you've been wanting to learn or improve at?
Are you happy in the city you're located in?
Are you satisfied with your school major/current career?
What are some of your bucket list items?
What is your dream vacation?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10? 20?
Not only is thinking about these things a good way to get in touch with yourself, but these are things we should take stock of periodically for ourselves, anyway. In my experience, I think these are really good questions for once you've left an unhealthy relationship because it's likely the relationship distorted your sense of self and had you putting on hold things you had wanted before you got into the relationship. Also, thinking about these things can give you a stronger sense of self, which can also give you more confidence, and make it harder for you to feel lost and like you're losing yourself when in a relationship.
Standing up for ourselves is hard and can take practice, but confidence and a good sense of self and being in tune with your boundaries can all help you trust yourself and have the courage to stand up for yourself. And having a healthy relationship with yourself is also an incredibly worthy goal.