Conversely, rocky or toxic relationships can leave you feeling drained, exhausted, helpless, and damage your efforts at losing weight the healthy way. Just like a black hole, they suck the energy out of you and sabotage your weight loss plans.
Sometimes, the people who you thought you could trust, unfortunately, stab you in the back for petty reasons such as jealousy, envy or revenge. For instance, you try to stay positive when you’re on diet but you’re supposed best friend sabotages you efforts. Such relationships surround you on a daily basis, making you feel frustrated or even depressed.
Becoming aware of these negative relationships is an important step to losing weight the right way.
Here are some signs to watch out for:
- You sense an intense negative vibe from this person
- You always get headaches or feel ill when this person is around
- You feel unsafe, tense or frustrated around this person
- You’re always put down and made to feel guilty
Such relationships are known as toxic relationships: they can be a parent, friend or work colleague, all of whom play a pivotal role in your life. Sometimes, it’s not that simple of “cut and let go” but more a matter of protecting yourself from negative energy.
Here is some useful advice on what to do:
1) Protect yourself with a white light when you wake up each morning. Take a few minutes to visualize yourself being protected and that no energy, negative thought or feeling can affect your weight loss efforts!
2) Look at your personality and see whether you’re attracting such people. Maybe this is a wakeup call to stop being so nice and stand up for yourself. Toxic people always go for people who find it difficult to stand up for themselves or live with their heart on their sleeves. Lack of self-confidence could be one of the reasons you’ve gained weight in the first place!
3) Try talking over things peacefully. Allow the other person to do this as well. Speak as openly as you can and as peaceful as you can. Just try not to lose your temper!
4) Limit the time you talk to this person. Say “I’m sorry I can only talk for a few minutes, I am extremely busy.” and stick to that amount of time.
Each type of relationship can prove to have a positive or negative effect on your weight loss goals. Whom you live with and how you live with them will evidently take a toll on your health. Unhealthy relationships (which we can sum as becoming increasingly manipulative, emotionally abusive and violent) cause extreme stress and sabotage your weight loss goals—stay away from them as much as possible!
It is vital for you to have support and for you to be surrounded by positivity with people who want to help and encourage your growth as a person.
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