8 Ways to Heal from Bullying After You Leave a Toxic Environment

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. You must do what you must do to take care of yourself. Don’t concern yourself with the opinions of others about your care. Right now, you must do what’s best for you.

2. Rest. 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.

3. Music. 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. 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.

6. Exercise. 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. The key is not to 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!

23 thoughts on “8 Ways to Heal from Bullying After You Leave a Toxic Environment

  1. Pingback: 8 Ways to Heal from Bullying After You Leave a Toxic Environment — Chateau Cherie | SLM1975's Weblog

  2. Sound advice, when I finally moved out of that town where I suffered bullying hell, just the fact that I was no longer in that environment and that no one was bullying me in my new town was liberation enough.

  3. Great information and important steps that help all of us. But I’m leaving a reply on a lighter side. The mention of Keith Sweat in the music section! One of my favorite singers, I even read his relationship book. Just wanted to share that connection.

  4. Thanks for posting, Cherie, I have tried some of those when something reminds me of the bullying at home and school. When I met and married my husband nearly 60 years ago he succeeded in helping heal most of the scars, and only a toxic environment brings up tinges of anger. Any music and dancing soothes my soul. We used to go dancing every Saturday night. We aren’t great dancers, we just love to have fun.

    • My heart goes out to you. Those memories can haunt you for years sometimes. But I’m so glad you married someone that supported you and helped you to heal. And I’m glad that you found a hobby that soothes your soul! We all need that! And you don’t have to be a good dancer. Just the having fun and enjoying what you’re doing makes all the difference. May you and your husband continue to have a fun and beautiful life together! And know that you have a friend.

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