Navigating difficult family relationships
Family relationships can be some of the most meaningful and fulfilling relationships in our lives, but they can also be some of the most challenging. Toxic family relationships are those that are characterised by unhealthy physical and emotional behaviours, such as bullying, unhealthy control, abuse, manipulation, and physical harm. They may also involve unhealthy boundaries, where one person oversteps their boundaries and intrudes on the privacy or autonomy of others.
These types of relationships can have a negative impact on our well-being and happiness, and it's important to recognise and take steps to protect yourself. It can be difficult to address toxic family relationships, especially if the toxic person is someone who is close to you. You have the right to protect yourself and to prioritise your own well-being, This may involve setting boundaries, seeking support from friends or professionals, or finding ways to create healthy distance from the toxic person.
It's also important to remember that it is not your responsibility to fix or change the toxic person. The best you can do is to take care of yourself and set healthy boundaries. It may also be helpful to seek professional help, such as therapy, to work through your feelings and develop coping strategies.
Toxic family relationships can be difficult to navigate, but it is possible to create healthy and fulfilling relationships with your family members, or find peace by being in control and removing yourself from their harmful behaviour, because lets face it, building a strong and positive relationship with yourself first and foremost should be your priority.