Men and women can experience various emotions after an abortion. Some feel relief, while others struggle for weeks, months, and even years. The National Institutes of Health notes that some people have adverse mental health effects after the procedure. Men and women might encounter feelings of grief, depression, anxiety, or loss.
Having an abortion can be traumatic for many. You might experience flashbacks or upsetting dreams about the event. It could be hard to concentrate on daily life, and you may feel like you can’t “go back to normal.”
Moreover, you may feel shame surrounding your abortion, especially if you regret your choice. Feelings about your abortion can be complicated by outside factors, such as pressure to abort, a preexisting history of mental illness, or religious beliefs.
If you find yourself struggling, know that you aren’t alone. Others have regretted their abortions, but they’ve also been able to seek peace and cope with negative emotions in a healthy way. We can help you process those complicated feelings and find healing.
MyLife offers no-cost and confidential post-abortion support to help you find relief from abortion. You shouldn’t have to worry about money when healing from the pain of abortion, and we’re proud to offer this service at no cost.
How Can I Take Care Of Myself After An Abortion?
In addition to post-abortion support, there are other ways you can support yourself at this time. Speaking with a licensed counselor or therapist trained in post-abortion recovery will likely help you process those feelings and understand how to move forward. They’re specially trained to navigate this often complex and emotional journey. We are here for you.
You can also engage in various self-care activities, including:
- Spending time with loved ones
- Taking a soothing bath or shower
- Watching your favorite TV show or movie
- Eating at your favorite restaurant
- Reading a book
- Spending time in nature
- Having a relaxing weekend to yourself
While these suggestions are by no means quick fixes, they can help you get back into a routine and feel like yourself. Take time to do what you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to reach out for help when needed.
Talking to a friend or family member may help you “get it all out in the open” and start unpacking your feelings. Moreover, a familiar face might help you reduce stress and feel more comfortable talking about your experience.