If you are doubting your sanity after being gaslighted, it’s important to recognize that this is a common and understandable reaction. Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that can leave you feeling confused, anxious, and unsure of your own perceptions and experiences.
Here are some steps you can take to help you regain your sense of self and cope with the aftermath of gaslighting:
- Trust your own experiences and feelings: Gaslighting often involves the abuser denying or minimizing your experiences and feelings, which can make you doubt your own perceptions. Remember that your experiences and feelings are valid, and trust your own instincts.
- Seek support: Talking to a trusted friend or family member, therapist, or support group can help you process your feelings and gain perspective on what you’ve been through.
- Set boundaries: If possible, try to limit contact with the person who gaslighted you or set clear boundaries around what behavior you will and won’t tolerate.
- Practice self-care: Take care of your physical and emotional needs, whether that means getting enough rest, eating well, exercising, or engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.
- Seek professional help: If you’re struggling to cope with the aftermath of gaslighting, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor who can help you work through your feelings and develop healthy coping strategies.
Remember that healing from gaslighting takes time and effort, but with the right support and resources, it is possible to regain your sense of self and move forward in a positive direction.
© Linda C J Turner