During my workshops, I have always highlighted the importance of healthy relationships and there’s a reason for it.
One of the things that pushed me into depression was the emotional toxicity I was drowning in at the time, and what impeded my recovery was the lack of a solid support system. Funnily enough, the lack of emotional support wasn’t because I didn’t have people that cared about me. It was because the relationships that actually mattered to me were littered with misunderstandings. The people that loved me had no idea how to talk to me and I didn’t trust them either. The relationship we shared didn’t have a good foundation, there was no established structure for effective communication and so many things left unsaid that in my lowest moment when I really needed someone to lean on, I had to manage things alone because I was afraid to ask for help, even from my parents who I now know would have done absolutely anything to have been there for me.
So, I had relationships that were teetering on the edge of uncertainty or fear or corrupt, toxic bonds with people who were willing to callously abuse my emotions for their selfish needs. It all ended with an addiction to pills, uncontrollable anxiety, violent hallucinations, self-harm and I can’t help but wonder how different things would have been if I had just had someone to talk to, just one good relationship in my life.
As part of my recovery and therapy, the two changes that were prioritised-
- Termination of all unhealthy, abusive relationships
- Fixing things with people that genuinely cared about me
The conversation in this episode was conducted keeping in mind the importance of relationships.
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This episode discusses topics like-
- What a healthy relationship looks like and how we can perform regular relationship audits
- The signs of a toxic relationship and how to avoid getting trapped into one
- Relationships for people with mental health issues
- Character traits typical to people who constantly fall victim to toxicity in their relationship
- How men and women create a safe space that goes beyond the conventional gender roles
- How to not turn your partner into a crutch
- How to openly and effectively communicate issues
- When to approach a relationship councillor
- 3 elements of a healthy relationship, according to our guest expert
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