Sometimes we hold onto a relationship long after we should. If you have relationships in your life that are pulling you down emotionally, it might be time to examine that relationship and if it is healthy.
If someone close to you is constantly critical, rarely supportive, and always demanding of your time, energy, and attention (without giving anything in return), that toxicity could be harming you emotionally, not to mention having negative effects on your mental and physical health.
Sure, tough circumstances may put a strain on an otherwise great relationship, but this discomfort will typically pass with time and effort. But if the negativity seems to go deeper – and last longer – than a tough week, this could be a sign of a toxic relationship. Toxic relationships most often occur when there are poor boundaries or when expectations are unclear.
Because toxic relationships run the risk of becoming abusive, it’s important to be aware of your relationship dynamics and how healthy (or how poorly) your relationships make you feel.