Ending Relationships that Cause Anxiety

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Being in abusive or toxic relationships can be hard, but what can be harder is getting out of them as unscathed as possible.

Today I talk about how to navigate through those nasty situations and be okay. If you don’t remember anything from this video, the one thing I hope you take away is that you don’t have to ever get back in contact with them. I know we may feel like we need to say sorry or make amends so we can move on, but if that isn’t emotionally safe, we don’t have to. We can process through the struggles and upsets of the relationship in therapy without having to engaging with them again.
Today’s question:
How do we go about resolving issues (that might lead to anxiety in the background) with others when we don’t really want that person in our life anymore? I’m going through a lot of change – and past relationships are causing anxiety – but I don’t want to rekindle or put my energy back into those relationships. I want to say sorry where needed, and in a gentle manner ‘end’ the relationship. This is especially tricky with many narcissistic types in my life – and I find it’s hard speaking to them without giving ‘proof’ of your rejection of them. (Also, something I don’t want to do is hurt them or restart the emotional abuse cycle).

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