Toxic Relationships: Get Out or Be Poisoned

In hindsight it seems obvious: we look back on bad relationships and think, “Why didn’t I end it sooner? Why did I stay so long?”

Staying in a toxic relationship—romantic, platonic or business—is a surefire way to compromise your ability to thrive. Toxic relationships harm us emotionally, and undermine both mental and physical health.

If you feel like something is off in one of your relationships, ask yourself these three questions:

Sometimes we ignore red flags because we don’t want to go through the emotional upheaval of ending a bad relationship. It takes courage and willpower to walk away—but when the alternative is to stagnate or suffocate, the right choice is clear.