I promise this is not another weight loss blog post. However, as a registered nurse and as someone who has struggled with my weight for a majority of my life, I’ve learned a thing or two about weight loss along the way. I know that certain food items that we put into our bodies allow toxins to accumulate, which ultimately impedes weight loss. It is not until we can recognize and act on the need for detoxification that we maximize our weight loss goals. The same concept also goes for toxic friendships/relationships in our life.
The most obvious form of toxic friendships/relationships are those that are physically and verbally abusive. However, they don’t always come in this cookie-cutter form. They come disguised as friends who do not support you and never have something good to say when a blessing comes your way. They also come disguised as relationships that have great chemistry but lack maturity, only bringing negative qualities out of each other. They come disguised as friends who constantly drain you of your energy, who always need reassurance and feed off your emotional strength. They come disguised as friends who never have anything nice to say about anyone, including you… (behind your back of course!) They come disguised as people who are so quick to take from you but are never willing to give.
If you recognize any of these toxins in your life, it may be time to reevaluate your friend list and I’m not talking about Facebook. The only real way to rid yourself of these toxins is to go through the detoxification or a cleansing process. For some that might mean blocking/unfriending on all social media sites but it takes much more than that. It is realizing these relationships are a threat to your self-care. It is realizing that you have to let them go and acting upon it.
We need to realize that maintaining relationships with toxic people adds unnecessary baggage in our life to carry. It depletes your energy and eventually prevents you from reaching your goals. Sometimes as you grow and progress, relationships that weren’t toxic to begin with can become toxic. Just like the weight loss journey, if you hang on to toxic friendships/relationships long enough, you end up right back where you started.
It’s time to drop the weight!
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm”. – Proverbs 13:20