Abortion can be a significant life event for many women. If you’ve had one, you may be struggling mentally and wondering how you’ll be able to recover. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you aren’t alone. Some resources can help you through this challenging time, and your local pregnancy center can likely offer much-needed guidance and support.
Is What I’m Feeling Normal?
Studies show that women can be impacted negatively by abortion, and they may suffer from various mental health effects, including depression, anxiety, and grief. It is essential to know that you are not the first woman to struggle after an abortion, and help is available to you.
You may be suffering from severe depression or dealing with minor anxiety that appears daily or even monthly. No matter the severity, you deserve relief from these mental health issues. Consider taking these steps below.
1.Seek Professional Counseling
Speaking to a professional counselor or therapist trained in post-abortion recovery is one of the best ways to start your healing journey. They are equipped to tackle these issues and have experience in this area. Your local pregnancy center can connect you to these professionals, and it may offer its own post-abortion recovery program.
Group counseling may also be helpful as you navigate these difficult emotions. Speaking with women who have also experienced the pain of abortion can help you find emotional support and a supportive community to lean on.
2.Consider Speaking With a Friend
Sometimes, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is share our feelings with a friend. Having a conversation with someone you know and love allows you to vent and alleviate anxiety. Think about a person who can offer that for you.
3.Make Time for Yourself
Don’t neglect your own needs as you’re recovering from an abortion. Self-care activities like spending time in nature or taking a weekend to yourself can help you to rest, relax, and reflect on the goals you’d like to accomplish.
Think about the activities that make you feel happy. Whether reading a good book or going to dinner with a friend, prioritize what helps you feel like yourself.
Need Someone to Talk To?
Life’s Choices Women’s Clinic is here for you. Our medical facility has registered nurses who can offer a listening ear and helpful advice.
Contact us today to book a no-cost, confidential appointment and see what we can do for you. We’re here to help!