Are you struggling emotionally after an abortion? You are not alone. Studies show that women who have an abortion are 81 percent more likely to suffer mental health struggles than women who carry their pregnancy to term.
You may feel like you’ve been riding an emotional rollercoaster after an abortion. Whatever you’re going through, know you can recover and find peace again.
How Can I Begin My Recovery?
Talking with someone you trust is your first step to recovery after an abortion.
It’s easy to want to isolate and hold your thoughts and feelings inside, but it can be a heavy burden to bear. Expressing your emotions can bring more peace. Vocalizing your struggles will allow you to connect with others and release inner tension.
Other steps women might find helpful after a traumatic event, like abortion, include:
Joining an Abortion Recovery Support Group
An abortion recovery support group provides a sense of community among those who have had similar struggles. It helps to spend time with others who understand what you are going through.
Participating in Physical Activity
Your physical and mental health are connected in more ways than you know. According to a study on exercise and mental health, ”Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and improving self-esteem and cognitive function.”
In addition to physical activity, get plenty of sleep, eat a healthy diet, and drink enough water. These steps are essential to your daily health, especially during recovery.
Avoiding Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
For your health, we recommend avoiding any type of drug or alcohol in your recovery process. As it’s a sensitive time, these items can negatively affect your recovery if they become a coping mechanism.
Getting Back to Your Daily Routine
Find comfort in your familiar daily and weekly routines. Keeping a rhythm and consistency is healthy and helpful emotionally when dealing with trauma and grief. Try not to make too many changes right now, as a sense of stability can benefit you.
Participate in Your Community
Get involved in your community, as giving to others brings joy. Serving your city connects you to people from different walks of life and can positively affect your perspective.
We’re Here for You
Our compassionate staff is here for you. Talk with us today about how we can help you begin your abortion recovery journey. Schedule a no-cost and confidential appointment to learn more. You don’t have to go through this alone.