While relationships are typically a source of joy and support, sometimes we may find ourselves in relationships that are less than ideal. Here is how to recognise and deal with unhealthy relationships: 

  • Recognising red flags: Pay attention to signs that a relationship may not be healthy. This could include consistently feeling drained or unhappy after spending time with them, being belittled or disrespected, or noticing a pattern of one-sidedness in the relationship. 
  • Setting boundaries: It is important to establish and maintain boundaries in all relationships. Be clear about what behaviour is acceptable to you and communicate your boundaries assertively. If someone repeatedly crosses your boundaries despite your efforts to communicate with them, it may be a sign that the relationship is not healthy. 
  • Having difficult conversations: If you are experiencing issues with someone, it’s essential to address them directly and honestly. Choose a time and place where you can have a calm and private conversation and express your concerns in a respectful and non-confrontational manner. Be prepared to listen to their perspective as well. 
  • Assessing the relationship: Take a step back and evaluate the overall impact of the relationship on your well-being. Consider whether the positives outweigh the negatives and whether the relationship is adding value to your life or causing unnecessary stress and unhappiness. 
  • Knowing when to let go: Sometimes, despite our best efforts, a relationship may not be salvageable. If someone consistently disregards your boundaries, shows a lack of respect or empathy, or brings more negativity than positivity into your life, it may be time to consider distancing yourself from the relationship. 
  • Seeking support: If you are struggling to navigate a challenging relationship, don’t hesitate to reach out for support from trusted adults, friends, family members, or a mental health professional. Talking to someone who cares about your well-being can provide valuable perspective and support as you navigate difficult decisions. 

Remember, your well-being and happiness should always be a top priority. Surround yourself with people who uplift and support you, and do not be afraid to let go of relationships that no longer serve you in a positive way.