Is Your Toxic Relationship Destroying Your Mental Health
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A toxic relationship can have a bad effect on your mental health there’s no doubt about that. However, there are times when you may be in a toxic relationship but you don’t even realize it.
There are certain telltale signs that you should never overlook or you could find yourself on the verge of a mental breakdown without knowing just how you got there.
If you are been feeling a bit stressed out by your relationship lately, it’s worth the time to take a look at whether your relationship has indeed become toxic. Here are the warning signs.
The Taking Is More Than the Giving
When you are in a toxic relationship there is more taking than giving. If you are getting huge emotional withdrawals of your time and energy and are getting nothing back then the relationship has become toxic.
You can tell you are giving more than you are getting when you start feeling drained instead of happy and productive.
When trust is missing from a relationship it is like having an empty eggshell. There will be no substance to it.
The relationship will feel dull and lifeless. Often when things get to this point the only way to save your mental health is to get out as soon as possible.
The Environment Is Hostile
A relationship that has become hostile whether it is physically abusive or just emotionally abusive will destroy your self-esteem if you’re not careful.
If your relationship is physically abusive you need to plan your way out of it. While navigating your way out of a physically abusive relationship you must consider your safety as well as your financial security if this is applicable. If you have shared assets with an abusive partner and you want to leave, you might want to consider contacting a family solicitor in order to ensure that you get what is yours.
When you are in a violent relationship getting out should be carefully planned. You will need to plan a time when you will leave and also where you will go. If you can, get a trusted family member or friend to help you. When you are leaving you to want to make sure that you do not get into a confrontation with the abuser.
Criticism and Unreliability
When a relationship becomes judgemental and doesn’t support your goals it is toxic. Criticism should be constructive and never intended to belittle you.
Another clear sign that your relationship is not headed in the right direction is when you cannot depend on the other person. Mutual reliability is one of the hallmarks of a healthy relationship.
Once a relationship starts destroying your mental health you need to leave. However, if the relationship is also physically abusive you need to be strategic about how to leave, since you may find yourself in danger.
If you have assets that you need to divide always get legal help to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
Stay safe everyone.
Thanks for bringing light to this! Being in a toxic relationship is awful and it can affect your mental health even when you come out of it but things to get easier with time and the right kind of help x
Exactly, it takes time, but once you get there the relief is enormous.
Aw, lovely post! I can’t relate as I have a lovely husband but I can see this in a friendship perspective. I had to let some friendships go within the last 10 years as it was starting to feel toxic to my wellbeing. Thanks for sharing x
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My hubby is lovely too, but I thought this was an important subject to talk about.
This was a very needed read! I think that while in a toxic relationship sometimes you can be less aware of the signs, but when you take a step back or someone shows you it can be very eye-opening. It’s not easy to get out of it but such a relief when you do!
I agree, it is hard to see when you are living it. Once you see it there is no going back.