Seek support from friends, family, or professionals. Try to identify people you trust to validate and affirm your feelings about the experience. Consider using stress reduction techniques such as walking, reading, relaxation exercises (like yoga), meditation, deep breathing, or music. Take “time outs.” Take time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate, especially during times you feel stressed or unsafe.
Consider releasing some of the hurt and anger by keeping a journal. You may choose to write a letter to the perpetrator about how you feel or what happened to you. Choose to send the letter or not. During times of stress, remember you are safe, even if you don’t feel it. Use your support network to help you through these times and to help you regain a sense of safety.