A toxic relationship is a frequent contributor to depression and feelings of low esteem or low self worth. Through destructive actions in the relationship, the toxic partner frequently causes the victim to feel inferior, incapable, and might even cause him or her to question his or her own mental stability. It is very difficult in this state of feeling worthless to break away from the control of a toxic partner, but there are definite benefits to doing so. Here are the last 3 of 5 benefits that can be had if you stay out of your toxic relationship:
1. You will feel more secure in your own decision making abilities and judgments. Being with a toxic partner frequently leaves the other partner feeling inferior, worthless, unable to function at a high level, and may even cause the individual to question his or her mental health. Once you are free of the influence of your partner, you’ll begin to see that you are capable of managing your life and making good decisions, and that there are other valid ways of doing things.
2. You will feel less anxiety and gain a greater sense of peace and ease. That “walking on eggshells” feeling you get living with a toxic partner will abate once you are free of the relationship with him or her. Your living space and environment can become a place of peace and serenity, instead of an environment where you never know what you’ll walk into, what your partner will say or do, or how you will feel.
3. Your symptoms of depression will often ease up or disappear. A toxic relationship frequently contributes to depression and removing the source of this negative energy and influence will often provide some relief from those “down in the dumps” feeling. As your self-worth increases, and you are exposed to more positive experiences and treatment from others, this can be of great help in easing depression, as can the physical self care recommendations listed in part I of this article. Good diet, exercise, and vitamins/supplements are important. Depression can have multiple causes, so if you are not finding relief, be sure to talk things out with a counselor, and consider medication if your symptoms are severe.
By the way, what is holding you back from making the best choices to achieve the life you deserve?