Toxic Relationships are pretty well known for damaging one’s self-esteem and how easily it drains our energy. It’s often characterize by insecurity, egoism, dominance, and control, risking our very being by staying in such relationship. It can take many forms, from your partner, friends, parent/child relationship, and even fellow coworkers can be toxic. Remember that healthy relationships are supposed to leave you happy and energized while toxic relationships leave you feeling depressed and also depleted.

It’s important to consider that it takes two people to have a toxic relationship. Often we’ll look at the person who is toxic and blame them for everything, but it’s essential that the receiver of the toxicity has to ask themselves why would they want to be in that sort of relationship in the first place.  For more information about the types of toxic relationships, check out this article by Health Scope Magazine that explains more about this subject.

Physical Side Effects

Toxic Relationships can cause insomnia, add stress, and even increase the risk of health problems. It can also cause high blood sugar levels and blood pressure, higher rates of obesity and low levels of good cholesterol. Toxic relationships can also cause acne and stomach issues like indigestion, nausea and vomiting.

If one is having trouble sleeping, it’s important to remember that those who don’t sleep deeply won’t feel as positive and since the immune system rebuilds itself during sleep, the body is more vulnerable to disease. If there’s already a problem with the immune system it can slower the recover or worsen an illness.

If one suffers from high levels of stress, they can hurt themselves with food, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and/or prescription or illegal drugs. Toxic relationships causes adrenal fatigue, which happens when the brain is constantly perceiving danger and floods the system with adrenaline and other chemicals. This can also damage the organs, weaken the immune system, and cause a large variety of physical illness.

The San Diego Union-Tribune mentioned in one of their articles that a study from the University of Copenhagen found that those who are in constant conflicts are two-thirds more likely to die 11 years sooner than those with less conflict in their lives.

Emotional Side Effects

These sort of relationships are often filled with hurtful remarks, constant sarcasm, belittling behaviors as well as passive-aggressive interactions and even talking ill of the other person behind their backs.

It’s important to recognize that a toxic person lacks empathy and can be extremely narcissistic, which means that if the person who is receiving the toxicity feels bad as a result of an encounter with them, the toxic person will blame it all on the non-toxic person and believe that it was not their fault at all.

People who are in a toxic relationship are in a constant state of alarm, they are unable to relax, and anxiety and depression will only weaken the immune system over time. Those that experience extreme emotional stress will not be able to focus on work, parenting, school, and other responsibilities.

Those who are in toxic relationships will notice that they are suffering flow low self-esteem and self-confidence,  breed negative thoughts, and can even form a template for other relationships because they are so used to the toxicity that they will only reach out to toxic people.

We become the five people who we spend the most time with. Do any of your top five makes you feel this way?

How Toxic Relationships Can Affect Your Health