Q & A – How to protect myself emotionally from estranged adult children?

Dealing with estranged adult children can be emotionally challenging and it is important to take care of yourself during this difficult time. Here are some strategies that may help you protect yourself emotionally:

  1. Seek support: Consider speaking with a therapist, counselor, or support group. These resources can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to express your feelings and work through your emotions.
  2. Practice self-care: Take time to do things that make you feel good and help you relax, such as reading, spending time in nature, or engaging in a favorite hobby. Taking care of yourself can help reduce stress and improve your emotional well-being.
  3. Set boundaries: It is important to establish healthy boundaries with your estranged adult child. This may mean limiting communication or interactions, or establishing clear expectations for behavior if you do have contact.
  4. Focus on the positive: While it can be easy to focus on the negative aspects of the situation, try to focus on the positive things in your life. This can include relationships with other family members or friends, hobbies, or other sources of joy and fulfillment.
  5. Consider forgiveness: Forgiveness can be a powerful tool for healing, but it is a personal decision and not always appropriate or necessary. If you do choose to forgive your estranged adult child, it can help release negative emotions and promote emotional healing.

Remember that healing from estrangement is a process and it may take time. Be patient with yourself and seek support when needed.

By Linda C J Turner

Coaching and Therapy
Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy.
Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist.
REIKI Master.
I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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