But there’s more to this bad relationships dynamic. You are not just drained and jaded, you also experience one or all of the five things listed below.
1. Your attention span is messed up
Don’t be surprised if a bad relationship takes up all the space in your head. You may find out that it’s all you really think about.
2. You lose friendships
When you’ve got friends and you are in a bad relationship, it is only normal for those friends and other people who care about you to show concern about what’s happening.
Many times, however, people in toxic relationships rarely listen to the voice of good reason and would rather stay in the relationship and continue the cycle of negativity, much to the confusion and exasperation of those friends.
Don’t be surprised if you lose friends who would rather distance themselves than witness all of that happen. And sometimes, you may be the one to verbally tell them off by yourself.
3. You make everything awkward and embarrassing
Nobody wants to hang with you and your partner. You’re that couple that always fights. You make things weird. People are trying to have a good time and you’re yelling in the corner. So you’re isolated: you have no friend group left.
4. Other aspects of your life suffer
Your friendships are not the only things that get affected. You career and other things may get affected too.
5. Your health gets affected as well
Toxic relationships are emotionally, mentally and physically stressful, and Psychology Today calls stress “the silent killer.”
And it’s true. According to WebMD, during stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.