We all at one point in our lives have stayed in toxic relationships due to fears, beliefs, finances, past experiences, learned behaviors, low self-esteem, or because we don’t want to end alone.
The reasons start with the way we think, the map which is created by our emotional experiences and perspectives. Ready to break with those toxic relationships, it’s easy said than done. Breaking with those toxic relationships will bring pain, hurt, and feelings that are difficult to handle. These feelings are temporary, nothing is permanent. In the end, you will grow and will learn to develop healthy relationships and use boundaries to protect yourself.
There is a vast of resources that can provide support and help from friends, online mentors, church leaders, therapists, or a family member that you can count on and that can provide some accountability throughout this process. Identify those areas that are not allowing you to break with those relationships and create a plan. Maybe this time get some help from professionals. If you tried in the past and it was unsuccessful there is always a next time. We all have the strength and the power to end the toxic relationships within ourselves.
Remember, you can do it by changing the way you think and working on yourself. Give yourself an opportunity! Nothing changes until our mind changes.
Brenda Rivera, BSW