When a person is really invested in a relationship, it can be difficult to see whether or not the relationship is actually healthy. While you may think that your relationship has no problems, it is always worthwhile being aware of the signs of a toxic relationship, so that you know when it is time to call it quits.
You Find it Difficult to Be Yourself
If you find it difficult to truly be yourself around your partner, then this is a big sign that you are in a toxic relationship. You should not have to feel as though you need to monitor everything that you say, and walk around on eggshells or act in a specific way. Instead, you should feel free to be able to bring up anything that you want, without having to worry that your partner is going to react in a negative way all the time.
You Don’t Feel Good Enough
Your partner should make you feel your very best, but, if you tend to feel as though you can never do anything right, then this is a sign that something is wrong. Rather than constantly seeking validation from your partner, you should be able to have confidence in your actions and opinions, and should not be always second-guessing yourself.
You Fight Dirty
Fighting is inevitable in a relationship, but the way in which you fight says so much about you. Happy couples tend to use disagreements and arguments as a way to resolve an issue, and learn more about communicating with each other with each and every fight. However, those in a toxic relationship tend to fight to win, hitting below the belt and really putting all of their anger and resentment out there, rather than trying to actually resolve the issue.
You Are Not Happy
While it is not realistic to expect to be happy during every single moment of your relationship, you should still have many more happy moments than unhappy ones. Your partner should make you happier than you already are, rather than bringing you down. If this is not the case, then it may be time to evaluate your relationship, as being unhappy is enough of a reason on its own to reassess the situation.
You Never Get Your Way
Compromising is always important in a relationship, but if you find that you never really get your way when it comes to decisions, then this imbalance is a sign of a toxic relationship. If your partner is always the one that is calling the shots and making the plans, even if these may be relatively insignificant things, such as where to eat for dinner, this is only going to carry forward into the more important life decisions that need to be made in the future.
If you feel as though you are in a toxic relationship, do try to speak to someone about it, as having an outside perspective may help you to really understand more about your relationship. While it may seem frightening to have to end it, a toxic relationship can cause so many problems to your emotional and mental health in the long term, and it is not something that is healthy for you, or for your partner.