Your partner cheated on you. After the shock fades, you start to feel a burning in your chest. Your love and trust have been taken for granted. As the shock moves to anger, you want to scream in pain but nothing comes out. Your heart is hurting and you don’t know what to do. Part of you wants to destroy your partner’s belongings, but a deeper part wants to collapse on the floor and sob in agony.
As the ache in your heart gets heavier, you don’t know how to deal with the pain or how you can face another day. All you want to do is stay home and avoid anyone who might ask questions about the relationship. Even though this searing pain is tearing at your soul, your inner voice tells you maybe things will work out. Maybe there’s hope. Is there hope?
If your heart has been broken into a million pieces because of an affair, you’re likely feeling a confusing mix of emotions. Sorrow, anger, and hope swirl around, causing you to make and change decisions every hour. If you still feel like there is some shred of hope remaining, at times you might be tempted to work things out. However, if you’re leaning toward reconciling, some ground rules must be set before you can move forward. Here’s what needs to take place if you want to salvage your relationship after an affair.