Accept what has happened. It doesn’t mean you have to forget about it — but accepting it goes a long way to opening up again.
Make new friends, or stick with your old ones. They can help you a lot when you’re trying to recover.
Try not to be scared of looking at, walking past or talking to the person who hurt you.
Staying sheltered for a while after being hurt is a natural part of recovering. But after a little while you have to accept that you have been hurt, but not everyone will try to hurt you. And that person isn’t everything.
Confide in someone you trust about your feelings. Don’t badmouth the person, but don’t bottle it all up either. Try to find that balancing point.
And finally, give yourself time to heal before completely opening up again. You can stay guarded for a little while, but then stop. Learn from what happened, don’t try to forget about it.
And the most important thing not to do is take pity on yourself and do something you will regret later on.
Talk to people that you like, or feel you are able to relate to.
Talk to people, no matter how stupid you feel. Or, if you really don’t want to talk, write it down.
Take as long as you need to heal. Don’t feel forced to heal quickly.
Try to express the severity of what happened to you, otherwise the person you choose to confide it may not totally understand and you may miss out on available help.
People might call you names, slag you off or whatever. Ignore them. Only you know how long it’s gonna take to heal.
Don’t freeze people out completely. No matter how upset you are, you still have to make time for your family and friends.
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