We’ve all seen them – those toxic, fight-to-the-death, power struggles that make you cringe and run for the nearest exit. Or perhaps you’re living – and drowning – in your own quagmire of toxicity in a personal relationship. Been there, done that.
When it comes to toxic relationships, I’ve learned that it is no small matter because they cause traumatic physical and psychological effects. This not only refers to the negative dynamics between you and the toxic person, but the collateral damage can extend to friendships, co-workers, family members and children, even if we don’t want it to.
The potential for a toxic relationship exists among all types of human relationships. It could be between people who are married, dating, no longer a couple, family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.
No matter “who” is involved in the toxic relationship (directly or indirectly); the toxicity of the relationship manifests itself negatively in a variety of ways. This is why it is so important to handle the situation and mitigate the damage early.
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Toxic relationships are widespread and often with one – or more – of the participants not even recognizing (or acknowledging) the relationship has become toxic. The telltale signs of a toxic, or unhealthy, relationship include:
Please don’t take toxic relationships lightly or ignore them all together. If left to fester they can damage your health just as much as fast food, environmental dangers or hazardous waste. According to Dr. Ann Clark, a San Diego Human Services expert, “The data is very clear; the longer one remains in a toxic relationship, the greater the damage to health.”
The data is very clear; the longer one remains in a toxic relationship, the greater the damage to health.
Dr. Ann Clark
Removing yourself from a toxic relationship or situation is critical to your overall well-being, peace of mind and good health. But that’s not enough. The negative aspects (detailed above) don’t usually go away immediately or even on their own.
After you’ve put the relationship behind you:
Also, find those things that make you happy, peaceful and calm. Surround yourself with positive and empathic people who will support and encourage you; not criticize and abuse your trust. Your health, well-being, and body will thank you.
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Corrie Ann Gray is a writer, researcher, coach, and cookie enthusiast who lives in Los Angeles, CA. She started the Clean Body Project to share all of her knowledge and resources with others who are interested in running their own experiment into clean holistic living. She is also known as The Renaissance Soul Writer at www.corrieanngray.com.
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