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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.