If it causes you more pain than happiness, then it might be time to let it go…
And it’s that simple, why be around people or things that makes you feel uncomfortable, unwanted, sad, angry, wrong, and makes you feel less than who you really are. You coming up short doesn’t make you happy, its not healthy to your growth or to your happiness. Don’t allow people to use you or walk over you! You are not a doormat!
I’ve had my share of toxic relationships, or at least what I thought was toxic and unhealthy. Is it fair to say you have too? My guess is that we’ve all endured the company of people who were not shooting for our highest good.
As for me, the relationships that were the most debilitating and unhealthy gave me the feeling that I wasn’t taking care of myself spiritually, mentally, or physically like I should. I was feeling less than myself, like I was compromising my life and who i am each second I stayed around those people. Mind you, these were both friendships and romantic relationships. So don’t think toxic relationships are just loving and romantic relationships.
I call these relationships ‘toxic’ because my authentic self withered away into someone I didn’t recognize. Sucks right? 🙁 any who…
The label “toxic” means something that drains life and energy. Before I knew it, I was weak and feeble, subject to the whim of the person to whom I’d given my power. I was guilty of it: hanging around those people too long in an effort to do what was supposedly right by societal standards—fighting to stay in a relationship instead of giving up “too soon.” Little did I know that my desire to be agreeable and accepted was suffocating what was right for me. Why did I have to sacrifice my happiness for what society says was right? I was living stifled in self-judgment and fear, and I’m sure society couldn’t have cared less! While some difficult relationships can open our eyes to new perspectives and expand our awareness, some obviously shut us in and hinder our development. But believe this, God will alert us one way or the other that we are in the wrong relationship.
It’s important to know when you’re in a toxic relationship so you can choose something better for yourself.
“Toxic” doesn’t only entail obvious damage like physical abuse, stealing, or name-calling. It also represents all the internal turmoil that results from an unhealthy relationship. I’d like to share how I learned to recognize when I was in a relationship that was not suitable for me.
These are 5 signs that you are in a toxic relationship:
1. It seems like you can’t do anything right.
The other person constantly puts you down as not good enough. They mock your personality, and you feel ashamed most of the time. You only feel pardoned when you take on the traits of the person doing the condemning or judging.
2. Everything is about them and never about you.
You have feelings, too, but the other person won’t hear them. You’re unable to have a two-sided conversation where your opinion is heard, considered and respected. Instead of acknowledging your feelings, they battle with you until they get the last word.
3. You find yourself unable to enjoy good moments with this person.
Every day brings another challenge. It seems as though they are always raising gripes about you. Their attempt to control your behavior is an attempt to control your happiness.
4. You’re uncomfortable being yourself around that person.
You don’t feel free to speak your mind. You have to put on a different face just to be accepted by that person. You realize you don’t even recognize yourself anymore, and neither do your closest friends and family.
5. You’re not allowed to grow and change.
Whenever you aim to grow and improve yourself, the other person responds with mockery and disbelief. There is no encouragement or support for your efforts. Instead, they keep you stuck in old judgments insisting that you will never be any different than you are now.
If you’re experiencing even just one of these signs, check in with yourself to see if the relationship is doing more damage than good. Evaluate the relationship and what it’s worth to you.
Embrace the answers that come from your intuition, as it wants the best for you—and this relationship might not be it.
Take deliberate action according to your gut feeling. You won’t be sorry.
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