When you’ve been abused, it can feel like you’ve lost all control over your life. Your abuser may have isolated you from your friends and family, manipulated and lied to you, and made all the decisions for you. As a result, it’s important to do things for yourself that help you feel in control and empowered. This is what we call “self-care.”

Self-care can be anything that makes you feel good, from taking a relaxing bath to going for a walk in nature. It’s about taking care of yourself both physically and emotionally. When you make time for self-care, you’re sending a message to yourself that you are worth taking care of. You’re saying that you deserve to feel good, both mentally and physically. And most importantly, you’re taking your power back.

What is self-care and why is it important for abused women specifically?

Self-care is anything that you do to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. It’s important for abused women specifically because abuse can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Self-care can help you reduce stress, cope with anxiety and depression, and boost your self-esteem.

When you make time for self-care, you’re sending a message to yourself that you are worth taking care of. You’re saying that you deserve to feel good, both mentally and physically. And most importantly, you’re taking your power back.

What are some specific self-care activities that abused women can engage in to help them heal and reclaim their power?

There are lots of different ways to practice self-care. Some women find that exercise helps them to feel stronger and more capable. Others enjoy spending time in nature, or reading, or listening to music. There is no “right” way to do self-care. The important thing is to find activities that make you feel good and stick with them.

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ideas:

  • Take a relaxing bath
  • Go for a walk in nature
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Write in a journal
  • Exercise

The most important thing is to find activities that make you feel good and stick with them. Self-care is not a one-time thing. It’s something that you should make a part of your regular routine. When you make self-care a priority, you’re sending a powerful message to yourself that you are worth taking care of. Let your inner beauty shine through.

What are some resources or organizations that offer support to abused women who are seeking to practice self-care?

There are many organizations that offer support to abused women. Here are a few:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): 1-800-656-4673
  • The National Self-Harm Network: 1-877-694-2286

If you need immediate assistance, please call 911.