Healing together or healing alone

Healing together or healing alone

It’s Me and You = We

  • COMMUNICATION
  • SUPPORT
  • UNDERSTANDING
  • AVAILABLE
  • EMPATHY
  • NO ONE IS WRONG
  • WORKING TOGETHER
  • LISTENING
  • APPRECIATION

It’s Me and Me = Me

  • NO COMMUNICATION
  • LACK OF SUPPORT
  • MINIMAL UNDERSTANDING
  • UNAVAILABLE
  • NO EMPATHY
  • YOU’RE THE PROBLEM
  • YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN
  • NO TIME TO LISTEN
  • UNAPPRECIATION

As you can see: the differences when a person and their partner are healing together and feels fully supported versus when a person feels alone in their healing process.

This is critical for people in relationships to understanding because when a person is doing their healing work they will go through a lot of changes mentally and emotionally. If both people in the relationship are doing their healing work and are in it together some of the changes will be expected and understood.

However, if one person is doing their healing work and their partner is not in it with them and has no time to acknowledge their partner’s healing process. It tends to be a very different outcome for each individual in the relationship and each individual. The person doing their healing work and the partner not doing their healing work can create distance and disconnect versus if you are in the healing process together it can create closeness and connection.

Understanding togetherness vs. separation tends to be important for both partners. There is always room for changes and adjustments to be made if there is a separation. Both people have to be invested in making the adjustments.

Taking the time to work on oneself and not project onto others can be a hard adjustment to make. It can also be an adjustment that is MORE THAN WORTH IT!

DOES NOT SIGNING ON MEAN YOU ARE SIGNING OFF OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

DOES NOT SIGNING ON MEAN YOU ARE SIGNING OFF OF YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

Have you ever thought of the possibility of not signing on means you are signing off of the relationship?

What role do you play when your partner makes a decision to heal?

The partner not taking part in the healing has been put into a role.

The role can be a supporter, an encourager, an ally or an opponent (just to name a few.) The partner who enters into healing will benefit from a support system that understands they are going through a process.

Back to the relationship itself, does the partner not in treatment have to understand what healing is taking place?

Must they be curious about their partner’s work? Does it matter?

Or can they sign off and continue to stay in the original rhythm of the relationship and not be aware of what is occurring?

If your partner doesn’t understand the importance of your healing (and their own) and watches you as a bystander, the relationship will suffer.

The relationship dynamics can start to feel like you are alone. This creates a “me”- mind frame and can feel like your partner is against you. Therefore, you are indirectly signing off of the relationship and the constant adjustments and attention needed to continue to grow as a couple.

There have been situations where one of the partners goes into treatment to appease their partner. Which in turn is not always beneficial because the priority becomes the partner versus their own healing process. When you or your partner are in treatment think about how the healing process is influencing the relationship as a unit.

Bottom line:

Think about how the healing process is influencing the relationship as a unit, whether you are in treatment, your partner is in treatment or you both are on your healing journeys.

 

8 WAYS TO STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR HEALING PROCESS WHEN YOU’RE IN A RELATIONSHIP

8 WAYS TO STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR HEALING PROCESS WHEN YOU’RE IN A RELATIONSHIP

  1. Start the healing process
  2. Be consistent (weekly or bi-weekly)
  3. Stay focused
  4. Show up ready to do the work
  5. Have supportive people around you
  6. Know that it can be unfamiliar at times
  7. Develop new patterns and habits
  8. Implement new patterns and habits

Bonus:

Continue the journey. When you start to feel better that’s not a sign that your healing process is over. Healing is an ongoing journey.

HEALING WHILE YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP IS POSSIBLE

HEALING WHILE YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP IS POSSIBLE

From my experience, it is possible to heal when you are in a relationship.

What makes healing while you’re in a relationship possible

There are 3 questions you have to ask yourself:

  1. Am I ready to heal?
  2. Is my partner on board with my healing?
  3. Will I stay focused on my healing process?

Am I ready to heal?

Have you reached a point where you are ready to unload and release some of your layers? Do you want to understand your behaviors, your patterns, and relationships with yourself and others?

Healing opens your mental, emotional and physical body to experience you and your relationships from a different lens. You need to ask yourself, truly, am I ready?

Is my partner on board with my healing?

Can my partner understand I am working through my process? Is my partner available to support me through my healing?

When one partner starts to heal there are going to be some changes in the relationship. The partner who has decided to heal has to be aware of these changes and so does the partner. How can your partner get on board? They can act in a supportive role on your journey or they can engage in his/her own healing journey.

Will I stay focused on my healing process?

Am I going to prioritize my healing process? Am I going to be consistent and stay on the journey even when it’s uncomfortable and challenging?

When you begin your healing process there may be many distractions that come to your attention. It is at that time that you have to decide if you want to stay focused or be distracted.