Sexual abuse, Male survivor, recovery, Child Sexual Abuse Survivor

When Relationships Go Bad

We all have a natural desire to connect and maintain relationships with those around us. One can make the argument that relationships are the most important thing we have in this world. We crave the comfort and support that comes with having close friends and family. However, sometimes those relationships can become toxic, draining, and even harmful to our well-being. In these cases, it is okay, and even necessary, to limit or even terminate communication with those individuals for the sake of our own health.

Toxic relationships can take many forms. It could be a friend who constantly puts you down or undermines your accomplishments, a family member who is emotionally abusive, or someone who always seems to bring drama and negativity into your life. Whatever the situation, it can be difficult to recognize when a relationship has become toxic and even more challenging to take action to address it. 

One of the most significant reasons why it’s okay to limit or terminate communication with toxic individuals is because of the impact they can have on your mental health. When someone constantly makes you feel bad about yourself or causes you to doubt your self-worth, it can take a toll on your mental well-being. It’s hard to be happy and positive when you’re constantly around someone who brings you down.

Toxic relationships can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, and even physical symptoms such as headaches and stomach issues. It’s not uncommon for people in these situations to feel trapped or like they don’t have any control over their lives. By limiting or ending communication with the toxic individual, you’re taking control of your own mental health and well-being.

Limiting or ending communication with toxic individuals frees you up to focus on the relationships that matter most. Those relationships that stimulate you mentally and also bring you joy and happiness. By cutting ties with the toxic individual, you’re creating more space for positive relationships to thrive.

If a relationship has become toxic the likelihood is that you have deep feelings or even love the person. This is the reason why it’s so hard to let go of the relationship and just be done with it. It can be challenging to reconcile the positive feelings you have for the individual with the negative impact they have on your life. This can cause feelings of guilt, confusion, and even denial.

However, it’s important to remember that ending a toxic relationship doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re cutting the person out of your life entirely. You may still care about them and want to maintain a relationship, but it’s important to establish boundaries and limit contact to what is healthy and appropriate for you. Ultimately life is short.


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