In the previous blog we talked about being trapped in an anxious-avoidant relationships. Well, what if you can’t escape that trap? Sometimes you can try everything to make a relationship more normal and secure, but overtime the interaction between two attachment styles can become truly harmful. Unfortunately, in these cases, anxious and avoidant people can bring out the worst in each other, “Abnormal” becomes normal. So in order to regain normalcy in your life, exiting this type of relationship may be the only option.
Here are Nine Strategies that will help you survive the breakup.
- Ask yourself what life was like for you in the “inner circle.” – Remember your life in his/her inner circle? It more than likely had some of these characteristics:
- When he/she was ashamed for you meet their friends.
- When you were the most likely the victim of his/her insults.
- When he/she couldn’t care less about your emotional, or physical health.
- Build a support network ahead of time. – Let your friends and family know what the relationship is really like. This may help you reconnect with the relationships you might have severed.
- Find a comforting, supportive place to stay for the first few nights. – You will need a strong support network to avoid the temptation to go back. Parents, siblings or your closest of friends.
- Get your attachments needs met in other ways. – Find other ways to quiet down your emotions like a massage, plenty of exercise and your favorite restaurant.
- Don’t be ashamed if you slip up and reconnect with your Ex. – Don’t beat yourself up if you reconnect with your ex. It’s important that you keep a level head because if you begin to feel bad about yourself, may cause you to want to go back.
- If you’re having a hard time, don’t feel guilty. Remember, the pain you are feeling is real. – Pain is inevitable in these type of situations. Your friends will try to get you to rebound quickly. Let them know you will heal in your own time, but you will heal.
- When you get flooded with positive memories, ask a close friend to zap you back to reality. – If you begin to paint your ex in a more positive light than it was in reality, give your friends permission to remind you.
- Play the game. Write down all the reasons you wanted to leave. – The goal is to deactivate your attachment system. The best way is to continue to look at your list to remind you of all the hurt you received.
- Know that no matter how much pain you’re going through now, it will pass. – Greener pastures await.
I would love to hear additional tips on how you survived a break-up. Feel free to comment to add value to our Strivers.
Material taken from Attached. The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find and Keep Love by Amir Levine M.D.