However until you put yourself right by building self-worth you risk it happening again. You need some self-righteous anger; express outrage at the way you have been treated. Tell that bitch of a wife that nobody treats JPT in this manner without getting their ass kicked.
You get the picture. Get busy finding out what a great person you really are.
I also used to b a smoker and am avoiding that coping mech
If you are thinking about it, use Ecigs, they are far better and dont stink like cigarettes and have no smoke. And the nicotine is still calming...though addictive, just not as bad as real cigarettes.
Practice positive thoughts every day, and before long you will be living positive thoughts. Sounds goofy and it is not easy to do. But like anything else, you will get used to being positive.
Like everyone else, I'm so sorry to hear what you are going through right now. It probably seems like a pat, stupid thing to say- but time is really on your side. Your wife may seem to have walked away without a scratch- but she hasn't at all. Her reputation is already damaged by this, and she will reap things she never knew she'd sown in the years ahead. Nearly all do.
Your fitness and health is paramount, as others note.
One of the best investments I ever made during the aftermath of exposure was a new weight set. I'd lifted in college but dropped off-- but I got a new one after D-Day and just hit it all the time. At first, it was mostly to channel the anger and pain-- but over time, I started seeing the results just in rebuilding my own physique.
That positive feedback loop was so therapeutic -- and it helped restore my own lost pride and confidence. It became an ongoing habit even after it stopped being anger release therapy. My wife and I reconciled-- but even if we hadn't, I felt like a new and better man for having made my fitness a priority.
You deserve to feel like a new and better man, too. Your wife may seem like she gives not one crap for you, but as you demonstrate your strength, confidence and resolve-- she WILL notice. Whether you have the satisfaction of seeing her future genuine repentance, or her shocked look at just how well you've done for yourself since she left, you're worth it, man.
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Stay strong, my friend.
It gets easier. Just breathe, and get through every minute as it comes.
It takes time, but you can do it. There is support to be found here at any hour, and we've all been there.
Even though you are pained to know that your WW disregards your love and is able to throw away your affection, truly, her ability to do so speaks volumes about her lack of character and your reaction shows your lasting worth.
She does not understand what she's losing. She does not understand your value. But we can all see that value. We can all hear your love and goodness. And she simply does not deserve them.
Is it bitterly painful, and overwhelming in the moments when the wave crashes over you?
Yes, but the wave will past, and you are left standing there, able to stop giving this vampire the affection she no longer deserves and start turning that kindness onto yourself. Give yourself that gift, and you will make it through stronger. And we will be here cheering you on as you take those baby steps toward a better life.