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Being in a relationship with a narcissist can immensely deteriorate your overall mental, emotional and physical health.

Whether the narcissist is a family member, a close friend or a partner.

Just being in their toxic energy can break down your identity and even your immune system.

They diminish your confidence, optimism and your potential to live a life full of wonder, health and happiness.

The stress and depression caused by the narcissist often leads us to ‘give up on ourselves’.

And simply for us to stop taking care of ourselves.

We are automatically running on nervous energy which negatively puts a strain on our minds and bodies.

This is why there is so much focus on healing and self-care after leaving a narcissistic relationship.

Stress & Anxiety

For anyone who is experiencing narcissistic abuse, it is inevitable to also be suffering from high levels of stress and anxiety.

Stress is one of the most common causes of fatigue.

And you may find yourself feeling constantly tired when you are engaged in these energy draining relationships.

Reacting to stress in unhealthy ways can increase your risk of high blood pressure, strokes and even heart attacks.

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When we experience the degeneration of our physical health,

we often don’t see that it is an affect from the stress caused by the narcissist.

This stress makes us live in a constant survival state of fight, flight or freeze,

which is truly damaging on our mental and physical state.

Our subconscious is permanently preparing our mind and body for any unpredictable perceived threats.

The narcissist’s behaviors are often negative to our emotional wellbeing, that’s why we are trapped in this ‘state of survival’.

This can feel like we are forever surviving in life on nervous and scared energy.

The stress can be a result of feeling like you are always walking on eggshells,

never knowing what negative or positive outcome may result in any situation when dealing with your narc.

It can feel like playing the pokies, feeling that anxious fear when you lose on most of your spins,

but yet you stay in hopes of that one winning spin.

Stress can also come about from the self-doubt and confusion created by the narcissist from their constant gaslighting and manipulations.

Staying in the non-reciprocal relationship and never getting your needs met is stressful.

Many narcissists also operate under their own feelings of stress and anxiety,

and being in their energy can also cause us to experience their stress.

The constant devaluing or emotional abuse from the narc is stressful.

The permanent feeling of uncertainty in your relationship is stressful.

And even leaving or divorcing the narcissist is stressful.

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Simply just by being in the same energy as a narcissist is stressful.

Stress and anxiety will deplete you of any feelings of true happiness.

Consider going no contact with the narcissists in your life, so you can once again feel peace and joy,

and rid of the stresses in your life.

Just remember, that it is not our job in life to fix the narcissist.

Even when we try, we cannot fix them, and we actually only become enablers.

It is our job to focus on healing ourselves, and the narcissist should be doing the same.

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