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4 ways to cope with toxic family members

Since the pandemic started, there have been a lot of suicides associated with
depression that mainly involves families.

For a home to be a home there needs to be love and warmth and when that is not
the case, it causes a lot of problems for someone mentally and emotionally.
When a family member is toxic, remember that you do not deserve to be treated
badly or abused. We are meant to flourish, be happy, feel loved, and cared for. To
be safe. If you are dealing with a toxic family member who shows no respect for
your feelings or boundaries, as crushing as it can be, it doesn’t have to be a forever
thing.
Here are some ways you can deal with toxic family members;

  1. Create boundaries
    Giving yourself time to do things that you like, you are very important and
    deserve to be treated well. Sometimes boundaries are very important, in most cases conversations are mostly unfiltered with your family, transparency is the goal in every family, that becomes different when you instantly feel unappreciated, so
    when you start noticing the vibe is off, filter away.
    Do things that make you happy.
  2. Stay level headed
    Toxic relationships of every kind can hurt your sense of well-being, which is
    why creating a “calm bubble” around yourself is necessary!
    In most cases they tend to push you to the wall, always poking and poking
    waiting for your reaction, how about don’t give them a reaction, stay in your
    head, chant your affirmations to yourself , breathe in and out, just don’t give
    them a reaction.
  3. Reach out to a healthy support system
    Even if you’re stuck in a toxic family environment for the time being, you can
    prioritize your own mental and emotional health by venting your
    frustrations or asking for help from supportive people in your life. Whether you need to seek help from a mental health professional or mental health counselor, gaining an outside perspective on your relationship with a loved one can help you stay balanced while spending an abnormal amount of time with them.
  4. Be your first priority
    Self-care routines look different for everyone, but they’re vital for staying
    healthy while close to a toxic family member. Everyday check ins with
    yourself can help you identify any uncomfortable or confusing emotions
    while sorting out a messy family bond. Self care might involve spending time alone to get some sunshine, painting, exercising, reading, or playing your favorite instrument.

Remember that family is important, but you must also recognize you are important too.

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