You probably cherish the relationships you have with others, especially if there’s a lot of history and great memories. However, as time moves forward, people change. It can be difficult to admit, but relationships with some friends and family members can gradually become toxic. These unhealthy relationships can zap your strength, and these people don’t bring out the best in you. For the sake of your sanity and self-worth, you need to remove these types of people from your life.
1. People Who Take Advantage of You
You might have the biggest heart and are always ready to help anyone who needs assistance. Unfortunately, some toxic people will take advantage of your generosity, time and money. They may call only when they need something, and once they have finished using you, they act like you don’t exist. If you feel like you’re always helping certain people but getting nothing in return, or if you feel these people don’t appreciate your kindness, move on and let these freeloaders handle their own problems.
2. People Who Bring Up Your Old, Bad Habits
As you become a better person and overcome bad habits, some of your friends (and family) might not be happy with your progress. As much as you try to move in a positive direction, they might steer you in the opposite direction. For example, if you’re trying to quit smoking or drinking, a toxic person might encourage you to participate in this behavior and downplay your growth. Or he might constantly reminisce or bring up your past, as if trying to remind you of the type of person you used to be. You don’t need these types of people in your life. You need healthy relationships with people who will encourage you, not bring you down.
3. People Who Increase Your Stress Level
Your day might have started off good, yet another person’s unpredictable moods and negativity left you feeling drained and stressed. Maybe you have to walk on eggshells around this person because they blow up at the smallest things. Or perhaps this person is a chronic complainer who tries to drag you into their pity party. Whatever the reason, you’ll feel happier surrounding yourself around people who don’t make your blood boil.
4. People Who Make You Feel Bad About Yourself
Life is challenging enough, so the last thing you need is people making you feel worse. The people in your life should be your biggest supporters and cheerleaders, and they should offer encouragement when you’re feeling down. You don’t have to put up with someone who nitpicks everything you say or do. If nothing you do is ever good enough for certain people, or if people try and tear you down, they’re the ones with the problem.
5. People You Can't Trust
Coming to a realization that you can’t trust certain people can be heartbreaking, especially when it’s someone who’s been in your life for a long time. But because of jealously, some people will smile in your face and talk nasty behind your back, or sabotage your hard work because they don’t want you to succeed. Keep an eye open for these types of relationships and listen to your gut.
A toxic relationship can kill your self-confidence and leave you anxious and exhausted. Sometimes, you just need to take a step back. You might not be able to completely remove these people from your life, but you can limit contact and surround yourself instead with positive people.
Do you recognize these types of people? What have you done to get them out of your life? Tell us in the comments section below.