Triple - here's how I got through it: Reminding myself I'd be traumatized and in grief even if separated. In pain, either way. So that for the time being, until figuring out if he was trustworthy and if I could reconcile or if it was a deal-breaker, that the kids didn't need the stress of all of that back and forth between us.
Love is a Verb.
maybe just need to focus on me. Is that selfish?
You need to stop that statement right there.
Is it selfish to make yourself healthy...
You need to learn, accept and live with the fact that making you as healthy as possible only helps everyone. It makes for a better you, a better mom and a great wife. (I am sure you are already great, lets use healthy)
You can make choices that will support you and your family from a place of peace and not fear.
If your husband doesn't get the fact that the A is now a part of your life and every day reality then he needs to. It will be there long after you decide to R. The last A issue we had was Thanksgiving last year, and it was minor. It isn't an issue anymore but it's been 5.5 years....so a long road.
Focus on you...if you decided to S/D and didn't, who do you have to rely on?
One, it splits things up into more manageable pieces. If I am able to stop trying to endlessly predict my and my M's future, I have a clearer head and heart to get through today. And two, long-term planning in this mess is simply a waste of my energy and detracts from me healing me.
So, every morning when I wake up, I make the choice to "stay in and R". It may be that one day I wake up and the decision goes a different direction. But I know that regardless, I've made myself more centered, calmer, stronger, and I can get through anything that gets thrown at me, just because I've shifted my mindset to only deal with now, now.
I hope that makes sense.
Don't look back...it's not where you're going. - Unknown
Thank you Karmahappens for posting this. Sometimes I read the post titles on the R thread and think, "this doesn't sound very R, nor does that, or that!" and immediately log off.
R takes time. It's excruciating to think of this at the very start. It's physically painful. We want things and we want them NOW as someone else wrote. It's true. But R cannot be rushed. The foundation needed to be solid. I made a decision to work on the marriage 7 weeks in. I gave myself until April to see if it was the right decision/see if I wanted to R. I did. Once I said it, I knew I had to work on me. He had to work on him and we had to work togtether.
I am learning so much about me since the A. I had an enlightening IC session on Sat. Gave me a few a-ha moments/made some notes when I got home.
I have to believe that no matter what happens, I am going to be okay.
Take care of yourself people.
Putting yourself first is not selfish. If you do not heal yourself you are no good for your marriage, kids, and everyone around you. If you have a remorseful spouse they will understand and thank you in the long run for taking care of yourself.
A healthy marriage is made up of 2 emotionally healthy people.
This too shall pass
I edit a lot because that stupid box is so small!
R is overwhelming, but I know separation and divorce would be overwhelming too. It really is awful pain. Just today I told WH that I just don't seem to be getting over it and that I'm trying, but I am just in so much pain every day. I don't want to think about this A anymore. I don't want to look at my WH as if I don't really know him. I feel like I have entered the Twilight Zone, but now in some alternate funky M that is tainted with two people who still love each other, but don't trust each other (especially me).
I don't know maybe I'm at that fork and not sure what to do. This is the hardest thing I have ever gone through. I have had to come back from 2 nervous breakdowns, I just don't know if this is all worth it.
I am so sorry.
You may decide he isn't worth the extra effort and pain, but please remember you are.
Take care of you and your health please.