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Are your relationships harming your health?

Stress from a toxic relationship might be that one thing that is sabotaging all your efforts to lose weight and get healthy.
I see this all the time with my clients. No matter how clean their diet is or how much they exercise- they just can’t seem to lose the extra weight and feel better.
Good health goes beyond just nutrition and exercise. It comes from achieving balance in every area in our lives. That includes the emotional and social parts of our lives. If there’s someone in your life who’s draining your energy or causing you stress, you could be dealing with a toxic relationship.
What is a toxic relationship?
Toxic relationships can take many forms, including draining energy, causing drama, or even violating the boundaries of other people in order to get the emotional benefits they need.
Toxic people often don’t realize the destruction they cause. Interactions with these types of people can lower our self-esteem and captivate our energy in a negative way. Many people see a toxic person and feel the need to take care of them, often leading to the depletion of their own wellness. This is just as destructive as the pain of confronting or withdrawing from the behavior of a toxic person.
So, how do you navigate a relationship with a toxic person?
Ideally, we would cut off contact with anyone who doesn’t benefit our emotional wellbeing. We would simply never talk to the people who drag us down. However, there are some people that we just can’t avoid, such as parents, siblings, and bosses.
Thankfully, there are middle grounds between engaging with destructive people and completely cutting them off. You can learn and practice different communication techniques, such as Nonviolent Communication or Conscious Communication. If you must interact with a person on a personal level, you can look up support groups in your area for support and love from other people. Lots of online support options also exist.
Take care of yourself first.
For some people, this is the hardest lesson they ever have to learn. In order to serve others and be of service, you have to take care of yourself first, otherwise you won’t have the resources to share of your time and energy with others.
If avoiding a toxic person entirely is what’s necessary for you to take care of yourself, do what you need to do for your own stress levels. Stress wears upon your body, from your sleep all the way to your blood pressure.
How have you managed to deal with toxic people in your life? What relationships stress you out most in your life?
Taking care of yourself first will give you the strength you need to take back control of your health and life. I am offering a free Health Breakthrough Session (normally $125) to the first 10 people who sign up in the next 2 weeks.
If you need support managing a chronic health condition or just want to get healthier and  happier in your relationships-go to my website and sign up.

IHCM is hiring!

IV Therapy Nurse needed for Wednesdays as well as per diem coverage. Relaxed, outpatient setting. Minimal paperwork, more time to enjoy with patients. Low acuity IV therapies, mostly vitamins. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Dr. McCloy at Email drmccloy@maineintegrative.com or call us at 207-699-3830. Thank you and Be Well