Family is supposed to be a place where one can find unconditional love, support, and understanding. Unfortunately, not all families are like this. Some can be a source of stress, anxiety, and emotional pain. When one's family members are toxic and abusive, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with them. In some cases, cutting off toxic family may be necessary for your mental health and well-being. It was definitely a difficult choice for me, but the best choice.
Cutting off toxic family members is not an easy decision to make, and it can be difficulty for you if you were raised to believe that family is everything and that cutting ties is not an option. However, it's important to remember that one's mental and emotional well-being should come first. If a family member is causing more harm than good, it's okay to take a step back or even cut them off entirely.
Toxic family members can come in many different forms. These people may make one feel like they're not good enough, criticize and belittle them, and make them feel guilty for things that are not their fault. It can be difficult to deal with, and it can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and mental health. Signs of a toxic family member can include:
- Criticizing, belittling, or insulting
- Blaming you for things that are not your fault
- Dismissing your feelings or opinions
- Gaslighting or manipulating you
- Making unreasonable demands or controlling your life
- Refusing to take responsibility for their own actions
- Behaving aggressively or threateningly
If one is experiencing any of these behaviors from a family member, it's essential to set boundaries and communicate clearly. However, if the behavior persists, cutting off ties may be necessary.
It's super important to note that cutting off toxic family members does not mean that one should hold grudges or harbor negative feelings towards them. It's okay to forgive and move on, but it's also okay to protect oneself from further harm.
Cutting off toxic family members is a difficult decision, but it's okay to do so if your well-being and sanity are at risk. Remember to recognize the signs of a toxic family member and set clear boundaries. Remember, family is not just blood. One can create their own family with supportive and loving people who truly care for them. I am living proof of this, and there are many others who have done this as well.
Sending love and healing!