Toxic relationships are emotionally draining.
Do you think you might be in a toxic relationship?
Are you constantly arguing or going to sleep upset?
Maybe you’re single at the moment but this sounds familiar from a past relationship.
Whatever the case may be, did you know that toxic relationships affect your health? They can even deplete important vitamins and minerals.
Thoughts, emotions and relationships affect physical health down to your cells.
Unhealthy relationships can deplete the body of vitamin A, C, and B vitamins along with minerals such as magnesium.
Wondering how this is possible?
Well guess what? There’s a scientific explanation.
Neuropeptides are the chemicals that your brain releases when you have an emotion.
When you are angry, you release a different neuropeptide than when you are happy.
Neuropeptides get carried throughout the body and attach to cells. If you’re always thinking negative thoughts, you’re repeatedly releasing harmful neuropeptides.
Overtime, these neuropeptides damage cells. And this affects vitamin absorption. Yikes!
So years of emotional toxicity can lead to health issues from vitamin deficiencies.
Here’s what I teach my patients:
#1 – Emotions that are suppressed do not disappear. They just get driven deeper.
The first step is to stop “suppressing and start expressing.”
Many people are not great communicators. This causes negative emotions to build up.
Look for effective ways to communicate in a healthy way.
Journaling is a great exercise.
These are simple tools to help release happy neuropeptides.
# 2 – Be patient.
Breaking patterns takes time. Better communication strategies do not happen overnight.
You’ll need to read books. Write down your feelings. Perhaps even work with a professional like a Naturopathic Doctor or Clinical Psychologist.
# 3 – Forgive. It’s a big part of moving forward.
Chances are you will have a hard time moving forward if you can’t forgive.
Forgive others and forgive yourself.
One of my favourite quotes is…
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes.
# 4 – Release negative energy and welcome positive energy.
Energy is everywhere. We cannot see it or touch it, but most of us know it’s there.
Every experience you have places an energetic imprint and affects you.
Energy within you and around you can become stuck. In order to change the energy, surround yourself with positive people who lift you up.
Go to yoga. Dance. Meditate. Move your body. Walk in nature. Grab tickets to a comedy show.
Do whatever it takes to release negative energy in your life.
Now share these quick tips so your loved ones can keep their vitamins too.