If you’ve had an abortion and are experiencing difficult feelings like grief, regret, shame, or anxiety, you’re not alone. While some women feel relief after an abortion, other women struggle emotionally—sometimes even years later.
The good news is there are things you can do to recover emotionally after an abortion. There is hope.
Talk About Your Feelings
When you hold your feelings in, they become like a soda bottle that’s been shaken up—they build under the pressure and have the potential to explode if given the chance. However, talking about your feelings is like a release valve for the pressure. When you share your difficult feelings, they become less volatile and overwhelming.
It is important to choose a trusted person to confide in. It could be a friend, family member, support group, counselor, etc. Whoever you talk to, you want to be sure that the person will be a good listener without passing judgment.
Journal Your Thoughts
If you don’t feel like you have anyone you can talk to about your feelings, or if you just aren’t ready yet, journaling can be a good option.
When you keep your thoughts and feelings in your head, they can feel confusing like a tangled ball of yarn. But when you write them out on paper, it helps you sort through them to find clarity.
When journaling, don’t worry about grammar or spelling—your journal is just for you. It’s a private place where you can be completely honest about what you’re going through.
To help you get started, answer the following questions:
- What feelings are you struggling with the most lately?
- What makes these feelings worse?
- What makes them better?
Where Can I Turn?
You’re not alone in this. At Relevant Pregnancy Options Center, we understand what you’re going through. We offer post-abortion support that can help you find healing and hope. Contact us today for a confidential appointment in a welcoming, supportive environment. We look forward to walking with you on this journey.