Toxic Relationships

In a toxic relationship, you might let go of yourself, love or habits and might end up withdrawn from all your hobbies you once loved and neglect your health However, toxic relationships are characterised by a lack of trust, controlling behaviours and frequent lies. Most often one partner is prioritised instead of coming together as a partnership. Moreover, if you find yourself in an abusive relationship please contact your loved ones for support and see a professional therapist to assist you.

Signs of a toxic relationship

  • Lack of support – Your time together has stopped being positive or supportive on your goals.
  • Toxic communication – Instead of treating each other with kindness, most of your conversations are filled with sarcasm, criticism or overt hostility. You may even start avoiding talking to each other.
  • Jealousy – It is normal to experience jealousy from time to time. However, it may become an issue if you can’t get yourself to think or feel positively about the situation.
  • Controlling behaviours – Questioning where you are all the time or becoming overly upset when you don’t immediately answer. These are both signs of controlling behaviour, which can contribute to toxicity in a relationship.
  • Resentment – Holding on to grudges and letting them fester chips away at intimacy. Over time frustration or resentment may result in your relationship being toxic.
  • Dishonesty – Your partner is constantly making up lies about their whereabouts or who they meet up with to avoid spending time with you.
  • Unusual patterns of disrespect – your partner always late, forgetting the events and adopt other behaviours that show disrespect to your time. All these are a red flag!
  • Negative financial behaviour – Your partner might make financial decisions, including purchasing big-ticket items or withdrawing large sums of money, without consulting you.
  • Ignoring your needs – Your partner is now making their own decisions, even when it goes against your wishes. That’s a pure sign of toxicity.
  • Constant stress – A normal amount of tension runs through every relationship, but finding yourself constantly on edge is an indicator that something’s off.

How to turn things around from toxic to a healthy relationship

  • Don’t dwell on the past.
  • Don’t address past events.
  • View your partner with compassion.
  • Start therapy.
  • Support your partner.
  • Practice healthy communication.
  • Be accountable.
  • Heal individually.
  • Hold space for the other’s change.

If you find yourself struggling with any relationship issues get in touch with us. Send the word “help” to the following WhatsApp number +27 81 352 0182 and we will call you within 48 hours.

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