1) You are not afforded the opportunity to look after yourself
For any relationship to prosper both parties need to first look after themselves. If you are in a relationship where you are not afforded the time or opportunity to care for yourself this may be a sign of a potentially toxic relationship.
2) Your partner is always offering up criticism
Constructive criticism is an important part of life and vital to personal development. However, if you find your partner is constantly criticising you without prompt it may be an effort to exert control over you. This is unhealthy for any relationship.
3) You feel drained or exhausted
The effects of being in a toxic relationship can manifest into physical symptoms. If you feel like your relationship is leaving you exhausted, or constantly draining your energy, it may be a sign of festering toxicity.
4) Your partner consistently shuts down your opinion or ideas
Communication is a vital part of any relationship, and you should feel free to voice your opinions, ideas and concerns with your significant other. If your partner consistently refuses to listen to you and your voice this is a massive red flag.
5) You feel like you are constantly making excuses for your partner’s behaviour
No relationship or individual is perfect, and we all experience bad days/ weeks from time to time. However, if you find yourself constantly making excuses for your partner’s behaviour, and find that they are not making a concerted effort to improve these negative patterns, then it may be time to consider leaving what could be a toxic relationship.