We all have relationships that are or have been important to us, whether they be family, friends, or romantic partners. These relationships can bring us joy, happiness, and a sense of belonging. However, sometimes these relationships can also be detrimental to our well-being, and we find ourselves feeling trapped or suffocated by them.
If you have ever experienced this feeling of being too enmeshed in a relationship, you know how suffocating it can be. You feel like you are drowning, unable to escape the clutches of the other person's expectations and demands. You are constantly questioning yourself, wondering if you are doing enough to please them, and feeling like you are failing at every turn.
Or maybe your relationship has simply turned sour. Just a pattern of repetitive toxicity, insults, and negativity.
Have you thought of breaking free from this cycle? What if you could create a life where you were not tied down by other people's perceptions of who you are or what you should be?
Letting go of old toxic relationships can bring with it some great opportunities. You create space for new ones to grow without the baggage of years and years possible resentment or simply putting up with things you no longer want to.
You open yourself up to new experiences and opportunities, and you may begin to see the world in a different way. You may even discover things about yourself that you never knew before, and you may find that you are capable of achieving things that you never thought possible.
Letting go of old relationships is not easy.
It's common to run into resistance from others. Some of them will try to make you feel guilt by remiding you that it has been X amount of years of friendship being thrown away, you are being mean, you have changed (and not in a good way). There are countless other techniques that people may use simply to keep you in your place where it makes them comfortable.
Some of these relationships can become especially toxic where the people don't let you go but end up trying to sabotage any steps you take to improve your life.
If you have had these thoughts more than a few times than it may be time to really look into the relationship and ask yourself why.
It may take time to heal from the wounds that those relationships caused. But in the end, it is worth it. When you free yourself from the shackles of old toxic relationships, you give yourself the gift of true freedom. You can create your own relationships, on your own terms, and you can live a life that is truly your own.
So if you are feeling trapped or suffocated by these types of relationships, know that there is a way out.