Friendships are wonderful parts of life, but they’re only a part of the total experience that makes up who you are. Many friendships are very positive, but some can become toxic. When toxicity occurs in your life, it’s important to see the signals and let it go.
Here are 3 Signs It’s Time to Release a Toxic Friendship:
1. It’s consistently a one-sided relationship.
Everything in this world works in perfect balance. When something is off you can feel it; you can see it. Positive relationships work the same way. It takes effort from both people to make a great friendship. If you feel like things have changed and you go out of your way often to keep in touch or arrange meet-ups it’s time to find out why. Keep in mind, opposite personalities usually attract and it’s normal for one person to be more forward. However, we’re talking about a substantial shift, where the other person shows less interest and availability. And, when you do get together it doesn’t feel the same.
A great relationship is always able to pick right up where it left off. Time and distance make no difference. If your meetings feel forced than perhaps you’re souls journeys are taking different paths and that’s okay. Friendship should never feel forced.
2. You don’t feel good after you talk to or see this person.
After speaking with a good friend you should feel uplifted. A friend should bring value to your life and celebrate your journey with you. Good friends laugh with you. The mood is lighthearted and fun. On the contrary, if you feel drained its time to consider why you are still friends with this person.
People can have bad days or trying times and need to vent. That’s okay. They need encouragement, love and patience. During this time you can harness inner strength. But, if the relationship continues to deplete you in such a way that it effects your life significantly, and is not enjoyable anymore, it’s time to set limits. Perhaps even part ways depending on how detrimental they are to your well being.
3. Your lifestyle paths have dramatically changed.
Good friends don’t have everything in common, but enough that allows them to relate to each other and have fun. When paths start going in such opposite directions where each person no longer feel like they know other, it may be time to evaluate the relationship. Especially if it’s in such a way that is not in alignment with your moral and beliefs. In life, many people come and go. Only a few stay. The ones that stay always have a special place in our hearts and you may only see them once in a while. The dramatic changes we are talking about here are substantial enough that they create toxic energy and influence in your life. When it begins to affect you negatively, it’s time to get out.
The best thing to remember is that no relationship is a waste. Every person we meet teaches us something new.
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