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The How-To Lounge: Building Trust

Like a broken heart, broken trust is hard to mend, and sometimes it can feel as though it never will. Whether it’s in regards to a healing relationship or just fighting your own personal demons, the process of rebuilding trust takes time and patience. While I do believe that time is the most important component, there are some things that can help along the way. To check them out,

  • Whether you’re dealing with the battle scars of childhood issues or bouncing back after being cheated on, the first step in trusting is forgiving yourself. It sounds silly, but it’s shocking how often women place the blame on themselves. This kind of mentality will only serve to make you feel like you’re not worthy of trust, and you are!
  • Don’t try to convince yourself that you feel better when you don’t. It’s OK to be hurt and it’s OK to be scared. If you let yourself feel those things, you’ll avoid the repression of emotion that could come up later down the road.
  • Focus your attention on the people in your life whom you can trust. They will remind you that there are good people who can love you unconditionally.
  • Try to avoid the natural inclination to cut yourself off from others; you need the support so take advantage of it when it's offered to you.
  • Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Don’t give up hope in yourself or in others, but remember that we all make mistakes, we're only human after all.


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