Letting go or putting distance between yourself and toxic people is a lot more challenging than it sounds. This time of year especially is one where we need to examine the relationships we have with our families. Sometimes you need to recognize the painful truth: That your mental health needs to come first and just because someone is blood, doesn’t mean they can have yours and bleed you dry.
For the last few years, I’ve had my own personal drains, ones that have taxed me severely in the mental health department. When you feel responsible for the well-being of others, even when you shouldn’t be responsible for their well-being, stepping away is scary and anxiety-inducing. And staying in the same place is scary and anxiety-inducing.
If you’ve felt this tug on your heart, this suffocation of your spirit, you need to put space between you and the person (or people) who are causing it. It might be hard, but you can never recover and be the person you want to be while you allow others to cause you harm (intentional or otherwise).