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7 Ways To Cope When You Decide To Stay Together — But Still Have Emotional Wounds

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Actions that erode trust between partners, such as infidelity, deceit, or prioritizing work and friends over the relationship, can leave enduring emotional scars even after reconciliation. Despite the decision to move forward, reset, and rebuild, the ache of these wounds persists. The emotional triggers from the past continue to resurface unexpectedly, manifesting as tightening chests, elevated voices, or withdrawal, among other reactions.

Overcoming these triggers from past experiences in your relationship requires deliberate effort. In the midst of daily routines, recollections of shouldering all responsibilities may suddenly dampen your mood. Even seemingly innocuous conversations with a therapist can trigger memories of past wrongs, intensifying hurt and rejection.

These triggers remain indifferent to your partner’s attempts to change, whether through therapy or altered behaviors. The turmoil of past events has etched itself into your consciousness.

If your partner’s overreactions toward the children made you cautious, you might still find yourself on edge during disagreements. Worse, you might anticipate their words and actions, clouding your mind with fear and disrupting both your and their happiness.

To heal the pain caused by your partner’s past actions, consider the following steps:

  1. Seek an Apology with Accountability: Though your partner may have sincerely apologized and acknowledged their wrongs, you might still struggle with feelings of devaluation and mistrust. To move past this, focus on altering your experience and perception to enable healing and a return to your best life.

  2. Establish a Healing Agreement: Conversations leading to a mutual agreement play a crucial role in your healing journey. Request specific forms of support from your partner, such as hugs, increased communication, or gestures of assurance. Knowing what you need during triggering moments can aid in your healing process.

  3. Heighten Trigger Awareness: Identifying statements, situations, or people that trigger negative reactions can diminish knee-jerk responses. Encourage your partner to notify you when your mood shifts suddenly, enabling self-reflection and journaling to transform your responses.

  4. Practice Compassionate Acceptance: Understanding your partner’s past mistakes, though not excusing them, can facilitate forgiveness. Embrace your current reality and avoid idealistic notions, focusing instead on embracing disruption and growth within the relationship.

  5. Master Your Thoughts: Negative thoughts about your partner can sour your love, overshadowing positive experiences. Remind yourself that the event has passed, using affirmations and deep breathing to alleviate tension and return to happiness.

  6. Substitute Positive Memories: Replace triggering memories with positive mental images to rewire your associations. Visualization and journaling can help create new imprints to replace the old triggers.

  7. Nurture and Commit: Invest time and effort to foster a new, honest, and open relationship. Regular discussions, conflict resolution, and shared visions for the future can strengthen your connection and foster growth.

Ultimately, your evolving relationship serves as evidence that positive change is underway. Embrace a commitment to mutual growth as you navigate the path toward a more harmonious future.

Athena Dykman, a native Canadian, has seen and done it all. Besides Numerology, Taro, and Astrology, Athena is an intuitive reader - she's been in business for over 10 years as a personal advisor. Since 2020, she has been writing for MyAstrology. Her topics range from occultism to esoterica to art to parenting to feminism to fortune telling.

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