Toxic Friends

Friday, March 02, 2012

Not all of your personal health revolves around what you eat and how you move. A large part of it includes your friendships. Some are easy to maintain, while others require an exorbitant amount of work. Take a moment to examine your current friendships and consider the following:


  1. Do they encourage your bad habits?

  2. Do they frequently flake on plans?

  3. Do they sabotage your efforts to improve?

  4. Do they feed on drama?

  5. Do they constantly need to outshine or "one up" you?

  6. Are they self-centered?


If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, you should consider letting them go as a friend. This doesn't mean they are a bad person, it just means they aren't right for you. If you wish to continue to become more successful, you need to surround yourself with positive people who support and inspire you.

Breaking up with toxic friends does not have to be difficult or involve confrontation. When a toxic friend calls and asks to spend time together, simply tell them you have other plans. Over time you will naturally drift apart without hurting the other persons feelings.

A good friend should support you, inspire you and encourage you to achieve more.

Have you had to break things off with a toxic friend?

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2 comments

  1. Good post. Been there, done that. I've had a few friends who were like that. One was a childhood friend and it was harder to leave that relationship because I kept *hoping* she'd change. But she would be late all the time, stand me up, flake out. It was infuriating. Another thing? She never once commented on me losing over 100 pounds. It's not like she didn't notice.... :P

    Toxic friends aren't worth the energy. I'm focusing on surrounding myself with people who are healthy, positive and encouraging.

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