How to Let Go of Toxic Friendships Consciously
by Tanaaz Chubb
Having a good network of supportive friends can help you to lead a more fulfilled life and studies even show that those with supportive friends live longer and report being happier.
There is no doubt that being in the company of good friends can put a smile on your face and cheer you up on even the glummest days, but what happens when these friendships turn toxic?
Toxic friendships can occur over time or can be present right from the beginning. Sometimes it may take years to even notice that your friendship is becoming more draining than it is enjoyable.
Friends are also often given the benefit of the doubt. We all go through hard times now and again, and sometimes it can be easy to chalk their toxic ways up to their past pains or their current life situation.
But when is enough, enough? When is it time to walk away from the friendship?
Firstly, it is important to recognize the signs of a toxic friendship. Sometimes it can be hard to realize these signs because, well, they are our friends and we want to believe the best in them.
Here is what a toxic friendship may look like:
If you feel uncomfortable or if your gut feeling tells you something is off with this person, perhaps it is time to listen and stand your ground.
When dealing with toxic friends, the first thing to do is assert your boundaries. Often when you start doing this, either your friend will shift or change their ways or slowly drift away from your life altogether.
Toxic friends usually need to “feed off” others energetically, similar to an energetic vampire, so once you set boundaries and stick to them, usually the rest will take care of itself.
It is also important to remember that your friend is not a bad person or toxic to everyone, this person could just appear toxic to you because of your energy and where you are at in your own journey.
Everyone is different and everyone is following their own path and process in this life. Try not to judge and instead just focus on staying true to yourself and what you need.
Ending a toxic friendship is not about blaming the other person, it is simply a way that you are taking care of yourself and your own needs.
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Everyone comes into our life for a reason. There is a lesson in your toxic friendship for you as well, and perhaps the lesson is learning how to honor, trust and respect yourself before you can expect others to.
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