During the healing journey it's not uncommon to find oneself in a season of loneliness. As we courageously identify and release unhealthy relationships that no longer serve our well-being, we are taking a crucial step toward more self-care, self-respect, and self-preservation.
While it may feel counterintuitive, it's actually helpful to grieve the loss of these past connections. Acknowledge what’s no longer here, because it did have a significant place in your life at one time.
Loneliness during this transformative time isn’t a sign that something’s gone wrong. No longer finding yourself surrounded by hurtful people is a sign that you’re doing something right— for you. This can be a new felt experience in itself.
When you’re ready, you can begin to move forward by actively cultivating relationships that align with your values and well-being. Explore places where like-minded, positive individuals gather, such as exercise classes, local bookshop readings, online learning platforms and recovery spaces like Al-Anon and ACA, for those healing from dysfunctional relationships. Additionally, there’s a growing trend of online friendship communities which offer opportunities to connect with others and see what’s possible.
Remember, healing is about restoring wholeness to yourself and provides a beautiful opportunity to intentionally create the relationships and life you’d love to live. You are deserving of mutually considerate, balanced, healthy, and caring relationships. Embrace this journey with the understanding that the path to authentic connection and fulfillment is uniquely yours.