Our closest relationships can enrich our lives, but they can also cause significant damage. Whether it is a friend, family member or significant other, any relationship comes with its share of challenges. And more often than not, putting in the effort to resolve relationship issues can and does result in a healthier, stronger bond.
But there are those relationships that will never bring a return on your time or heart investment, no matter the amount of work and goodwill you put into them. These relationships can be toxic, and they need to be ended for you to heal and move on.
Three Signs That The Relationship Needs To End
There are more negative interactions than positive ones
Every relationship has its good interactions, and it’s difficult ones. However, there are those relationships that seem like every exchange is tense and filled with negative emotions. When communication becomes difficult or impossible, it is tough to feel like there’s a way through.
Vastly different needs
At the beginning of a new friendship or romance, it’s easy to try and compromise with the other, making sure both person needs are being met. But, over time, some friends or couples realise their needs are too different, and compromise is too hard.
Blatant lack of respect
Respect is essential in relationships, but sometimes, individuals seem incapable of respecting the other person, their needs, their boundaries, their wishes. These people can deal with some narcissistic traits and may be incapable of really feeling empathy or showing respect for the other.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of signs, just some of the most common and problematic ones.
Letting go and moving on
Once you know it’s time to end the relationship, you may find that your head and heart waffles back and forth, wondering if you’re making the right decision. It is good to have someone in your corner who can give you space to think clearly about what you want.
Sometimes you can find this in your network of friends and families, but other times, it might be best to find a neutral third party.
A counsellor or psychotherapist can help you navigate the intense emotions you may experience and supporting you to make the best decision for your happiness.
If you are currently struggling in a relationship and would like some help navigating it, please reach out to me. I will be pleased to discuss how I may be able to support you. I’m seeing my clients globally online and in-person in my office in hope.