There comes a time when you realize you should not have to put up with toxic people in your life anymore. Life is too short to waste your time on people who make you feel worse during or after your interaction.
The toxicity can come in the form of angry tantrums, direct insults to you, subtle micro-aggressive phrases, often disguised as jokes that they put you down, to one-upping or body shaming.
Ideally, we should surround ourselves with empathic and compassionate people who cheer us on and encourage us to be our best.
Sometimes it is impossible to avoid toxic people because they come disguised as relatives, friends, or co-workers.
If you are thinking, I don’t have any toxic people in your life, could you be the toxic one? Unaware of your actions and how they affect other people?
Toxic people don’t necessarily realize they are toxic. I believe this negative energy stems from insecurity and a lack of self-worth derived from past unmanaged traumas. We all have this to varying degrees. It is a matter of self control, emotional maturity and awareness. The toxic person bullies and you are expected to tolerate it.
Usually, I would say no matter how you feel, keep your energy to the positive side. But with this year being 2020, I am already at my limit.
I am in despair.
This dilemma is still a work in progress for me.
Continued in Part 2: Toxic People Survival Tips: Be Empowered by Facing your Fears