Many of us have been in toxic romantic relationships that rob of us of joy and yet, many of us remain in them. Why? Because of the fear of being single. When did being single start to mean being a sad loner? Well, studies have shown that being in a relationship where partners aren’t happy, decreases mental and physical health. If that’s not a reason to end a relationship, I don’t know what is.
What’s The Difference Between A Toxic Relationship And One That Can Be Salvaged?
Sometimes being in a “good enough” relationship is one that can be salvaged. Perhaps you haven’t had enough time for each other recently or one of you is still affected from a recent split. These are circumstances that can get better with time and effort.
A toxic relationship, however, is one that is causing you stress and an overwhelmed feeling, is negatively affecting your life, or is hurting you from something that probably won’t be changed too soon, such as a partner’s infidelity or lack of respect. If you feel in your gut that your relationship can’t be salvaged, you may be right. Recent research shows that gut feelings foresee relationship contentment better than self reported feelings. So don’t second guess yourself.
Why Being Single Is Better Than You Thought
The good news is that with singlehood comes spending time doing what you love and focusing all of your attention on yourself. You can get back into your quirky hobbies and spend more time with your friends and family. Sounds good to me! “You’ll be an attractive mate when you can become a fully whole person who lives a life with meaning and lots of connections,” says relationship expert Wendy Walsh, Ph.D.Walsh. Do you ever notice that you meet someone worthwhile when you’re the most joyful, productive version of yourself?
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