Bullying is very traumatic and impacts self-esteem; it often takes many years to heal. People who’ve never endured bullying cannot comprehend how it can change your life. The good thing about leaving a toxic environment is that once you’re gone, you can begin healing and rebuilding your life. However, in many cases, it’s easier said than done.
Here are eight things you can do that can help you heal quicker:
1. Seek Therapy.
Though I realize that there’s a certain amount of stigma that goes with it, getting therapy is the best and most important thing you can do for yourself. Therefore, you must do what you must do to take care of yourself. Moreover, don’t concern yourself with the opinions of others about your care. Right now, you must do what’s best for you.
When you’re fresh out of a bullying environment, you’re more than likely to be exhausted. Get plenty of sleep. Take some quiet time for yourself. Go on a walk in the park on a beautiful day, or take a pajama day. Get all the rest you can get for a few days.
Music is therapy in itself. Once you’ve got plenty of rest, put in some easy listening for relaxation, maybe some slow jams like TLC or Keith Sweat? Or pop in some dance grooves and rock and roll to make you feel upbeat and like dancing.
There’s nothing that lifts the mood like shaking your booty around the house to some Janet Jackson or Paula Abdul hits or rocking out to some Van Halen, Judas Priest, or Def Leppard. Whatever your taste in music, you’ll feel much better when you do. So get out those CD’s or stream some music on your computer.
4. Lean on the people who love you.
When you’re recovering from bullying and a toxic environment, one of the most important things you need is a network of love and support to balance the positive with the negative. Therefore, keep company with the people who uplift you, love you, and make you feel good. It’ll help you salvage the confidence you’ve lost.
5. Do things you enjoy most.
Indulge in your hobbies and favorite activities. Hobbies allow us to be creative. Therefore, if you create, you feel accomplished! So, rake in those little successes! You’ll feel so much better!
Exercise is a major stress-buster. And you can get rid of all that negative energy like anger and depression by sweating it out either in the gym or, if you don’t feel like going anywhere, a workout DVD.
7. Take a trip.
After being in a toxic environment for so long, sometimes, we need to get away for a while. Visit a family member in another state. Embark on a camping trip in the mountains or hit the beach and relax in the sun as you listen to the sounds of seagulls and crashing waves. I guarantee that you’ll return home feeling much, much better!
8. Treat yourself to a day or night out with the guys or gals.
You and your pals could go to a concert or out to lunch or dinner. Maybe go window shopping or to a bar and listen to a live band. In other words, don’t isolate yourself. Get out and have fun. Because sometimes it pays to go out and paint the town red!
Just go easy on the drinks, as alcohol is a depressant!
Healing can take a while to do and may also take much work. But in the end, it’ll be worth it!
With knowledge comes empowerment!
15 thoughts on “8 Ways to Heal from Bullying”
Thank you for the post and great advises! 🙂
You’re most welcome, Angela! 💖 Wishing you a wonderful Thursday!
Great advice, I did many of those things, except go to a bar as I was only 13, but not the main one, therapy. There were several reasons as to why which I won’t list here but if I had, the experiences I thought I had put behind me came back as bad memories some three years later.
Thank you so much, Michael! And I completely understand. We each have different ways of dealing and coping.
You brought some really great ways of dealing with the pressures and difficulties that come along with situations like these 👍😄😄.
I always admire seeing your heartfelt sentiments and thoughts on how to deal with bullying and other social ills even though I have really been able to comment 🙏😇😇.
Thank you so much, Killa! You don’t know how much this means. And it’s okay if you don’t comment. Some days, even I get a little speechless. 😊💖
You are welcome my freind 😆😆. Hearing hearing how you feel about it makes me feel very very happy; I cherish your gratitude and relate to what you are saying very much 😄🤗💖
The pleasure is all mine to write stuff that makes people feel good. I so appreciate you! 💖
Thanks, that means alot my friend; I so appreciate you dearly as well 🙌😄💙💙.
Great post 😊
Thank you so much! 💖 This means a lot!
Thanks for sharing!
You’re most welcome, Saania! 💖