Valentine’s Day is here. This day can bring back happy memories you may have had with your ex. This day can make you feel lonely and alone. This day can make you long for what you perceive you once had.

All of these feelings can tempt you to reach out to your abusive, toxic, manipulative ex. Please don’t. This can open the door for more abuse and manipulation. You have worked so hard to heal, to grow, to thrive.

By reaching out, you are giving away your power.

Don’t do it. If you feel yourself reaching for the phone, the e-mail account, social media to contact your ex, please reach out to me instead. I am here for you.

Nanette Chezum, The Courage Corner