The dictionary defines infidelity as the action or state of being unfaithful to a spouse or other sexual partner. According to the infidelity statistics, about 40% of unmarried relationships and 25% of marriages in the United States see at least one incident of infidelity. Infidelity is also cited as the top reason for divorces.
Ways infidelity can affect your mental health:
You are unable to trust your partner again
You might deny the affair as a defense mechanism
You or your partner might refuse to get help or own the mistakes
You let anger and resentment overwhelm other positive emotions
You let the feelings of rejection linger for a long time after the affair
Healing takes time. The first step is to recognize that your feelings are normal and acceptable. Surround yourself with positive and loving people who can support you to get back on your feet. It is also important to develop coping skills that help you maintain a better sense of self and happiness.
Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies, and information about individual experiences. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional.
The feeling of betrayal can cause harm to our mental and physical health. Support groups can allow us to make connections, allow us to reopen our hearts to people.
Benefits of participating in support groups can include:
Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma associated with infidelity
Getting practical advice or information about coping skills
Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue
Talking openly and honestly about your feelings
Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope
Learning about health, economic or social resources
Benefits of online support groups can include:
Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time
More frequent or flexible participation
A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional
A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups
Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups
You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.