Have you ever been in a toxic friendship? Did you have the courage to "break up" with them and get out? Toxic friends often leave you feeling worse than better. They tend to cut you down rather than support you. You may feel drained, agitated, and emotionally bankrupt after time with them. They usually only take from you, and the focus is all on them.
Does your stomach drop when they call? Do you have trouble sleeping after an interaction with them because they pushed your buttons? If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells and never feel like you have a voice in the friendship, then you might need to end this toxic friendship!
We know that people stay in toxic friendships way too long out of feelings of obligation or fears of hurting others feelings. So this week we are giving you 5 steps to help!
#1 Acknowledge the Friendship is Toxic
Staying in denial will only create more pain. If you rationalize their behavior over and over, you end up hurt. When you admit to yourself that this friendship is toxic, it gives you the power to start to do something about it. Once you do it is important for you to take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself how you allowed things to get to this point. If you don't learn from your mistakes, you might do it again!
Keep reading as Tamara covers the next step tomorrow!
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.