This can be an exciting and scary time for depending for people however it is important that each individual can has their own unique experience. Also, just because you have decided to leave a faith does not mean that you take on an ‘ex’ label. Although some religious sects can teach a rigid idea of what it means to be a ‘Christian’ or ‘Muslim, belief is often more fluid than that. The most important thing is self-identification. You can choose a label which you feel most comfortable with or no label at all. It is not always necessary to categorise yourself in any particular way so that your time with these things.
It can be exciting because often it takes time, effort and research to choose a different set of values to the religion that you were born into or choose for yourself. For many people leaving religion is a moral intellectual journey so finally coming to a conclusion can be satisfying.
You may find that leaving religion has opened up your own sense of freedom as you know longer feel that you have to follow rules or religious traditions any longer.
Leaving religion can also cause anxiety as you can be worried about how others may see you or whether you have made the wrong decision. Finding that you know longer believe in God for instance, doesn’t necessarily shake off the fear of hell for instance.
For some people, leaving religious belief for agnosticism or atheism is a fairly simple process. For others it can be an isolating and difficult time. We recommend that you let others know how you are feeling whether they are a family member you can trust or by reaching out others who have been through something similar.