Falling into the trap of a toxic relationship is more common than you think, and no one is immune. To avoid getting hurt by someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Stay away from a toxic twosome with these tips:
Go with your gut.
Intuition can’t always tell you exactly when to say yes and when to say no, but it can help guide you past potentially bad situations. For example, if you’ve been out on a few dates with a guy who seems nice enough but somehow seems off, your gut might be telling you to move on. If you’re in a relationship that no longer makes you happy, and your intuition is setting off little alarm bells, seriously consider getting out.
Don’t put up with disrespect.
Someone who doesn’t show you any respect won’t give you the love you deserve, either; being in a relationship with such person is an emotional strain. Tell yourself that you won’t put up with disrespect just for the sake of being part of a couple. If your guy doesn’t think of you as an equal, the relationship has a good chance of turning toxic. He won’t listen to you, he won’t support you and he definitely won’t feel the need to help out around the house.
Be OK with being alone.
Knowing that there’s nothing wrong with being alone can save you from a relationship that isn’t healthy. You’ll be much more discerning as to whom you date, and you’ll be more likely to extricate yourself from a situation that doesn’t feel right.
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Listen to friends & family.
Friends and family members often catch on to signs of a toxic relationship before the person who’s involved in one. If you’ve been hearing a lot of rumblings lately about how you could do better and that you deserve a guy who’s going to treat you right, re-evaluate your relationship to see if your loved ones might be onto something.