All you need to do is treat them for ten days how they treated you for ten years; the shock in their eyes is priceless. They can’t believe they have lost their macabre grip on you. They think they’ve sacrificed their lives for you and can’t understand why you treat them so poorly. They become miserable, imagining they are the victim.
But remember, you are only treating them as they have always treated you. You are not seeking revenge. They are only getting a small taste of their own poison.
You have only created the same boundary around yourself that they always had around them. You have no reason to feel guilty or ashamed of wanting to protect yourself.
Do not let yourself be weakened by the expressions of misery, anger, and contempt on their face. Deep down, they are waiting to lure you back, to start draining your energy again.
Never forget what they did to you, including how they emotionally and sometimes even physically abused you. Never again let your guard down. All they need is a little chink in your armor, and they will stick their deadly tentacle back in – sucking the life out of you once again.