A healthy relationship has numerous holistic benefits but a toxic one can strip your sense of self, making it hard to see what's best for you.
It’s time for change if you can relate to any of these tell-tale signs:
He puts you down
He does it in a sneaky way, having you believe he didn’t mean anything by it or that you imagined it. According to relationship expert Sabrina Alexis, in toxic relationships, put-downs are a regular occurance. Some are obvious and others are disguised, and you may not even realise their effect.
You never feel good about yourself
If you feel like nothing you do is right, maybe the relationship is not right. You’re constantly uneasy, second-guessing yourself and seeking validation. Recognise your worth and stay true to yourself and your values. Do not be afraid to cut ties.
Fights and arguments are used as an opportunity to tear each other down and to hit below the belt. Love and trust is never based on resentment and spite. What starts with husrtful words soon turns into painful bruises.
“One of the first signs of a toxic relationship is when one partner is very controlling [possessive],” says Andrea Bonior, adjunct professor of psychology at Georgetown University and author of The Friendship Fix. You only do what your partner wants, and when they want it.