A narcissist is demanding of your attention. Your focus is invited either directly by the narcissist or indirectly by the need to process your emotions about what goes on between you. Reclaiming space for yourself is imperative to creating relief. It can be as simple as remembering to check in with yourself about what you want, or it can be actual time on your own doing whatever you want, without the narcissist present.
Without fanfare, without announcing a change, begin doing more of what you want. When involved with a narcissist, it can be easiest to accommodate in order to minimize unpleasantness. You may not be aware quite how much you do this. Shifting your attention to what you want to do can be relieving, refreshing and informative. In some situations this seemingly simple shift can be transformative.
It is not wise to announce that you are going to do things differently from now on. Simply start doing some things that are what your want for yourself.
If you want to do something that includes the narcissist and the narcissist does not agree, consider accepting that decision calmly and doing what you want when it can be worked out.
So, Tip #7: Relief can be found by finding time and space for yourself. Without making a big deal about it, start to incorporate more time for you into your life.
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