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16 Clear Signs of a Toxic Relationship (part 2 of 2)

If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here. I’ll skip the intro, and get right into it. Here are 8 more signs your partner is toxic.

8. You are Always Doing Things for Them

Does the person you’re with constantly need your help? Is it impossible for them to do one simple task without you? Whether you contribute physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, etc., if your partner is leaning on you so much that you wonder how they’d survive without you, you should think about if your relationship is co-dependent. This is actually a serious issue, because one person taking care of the other is babysitting, not dating/marriage.

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9. You’re Always Making Excuses for Your Partner

Okay but… it wasn’t like that… they really meant… maybe they just… but… STOP.

Stop making excuses for your partner- to yourself, to them, to your friends and family. This especially happens with cheating, and it makes me so, so sad.

Examples include:

  • They kissed someone else but they were drunk
  • They cheated on you but you haven’t had sex in a month
  • They yelled at you but they had a bad day
  • They won’t get a job but you can support them
  • They won’t quit a bad habit but it could be worse
  • They’re toxic for you but you love them.
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10. You Often Feel Jealous (when you’re not a jealous person)

If you’re not a jealous person, and you find yourself feeling suspicious, jealous, or insecure about your relationship or your partner, it’s not you, it’s them. You should only ever be jealous of yourself, because your relationship is that damn amazing.

11.They’re Always Insecure About Other People

Your friends. Your co-workers. Especially your best friend (unless they’re of the opposite gender). If you can’t live your social life without them constantly peering over your shoulder, that’s a sign that maybe they don’t trust you. If you’ve never cheated on them or otherwise hurt them and betrayed their trust, then their lack of trust is a warning sign. Relationships without trust are superficial.

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12. They Always Seem to be Making You Cry

I”m going to be honest. I’m a crybaby. I cry a lot. Like all the time. I have depression, anxiety, ptsd, and I’m just a sensitive person. My SO is always there for me, no matter how “dumb” it may seem. Your partner should love you, and because of this they should hate to see you cry. If they’re constantly starting fights, picking on you, lying to you, embarrassing you, or otherwise doing something repetitively that makes you cry, do you really think that they love you in a healthy way? That is not the type of love you want, or deserve. Trust me. You deserve to be treated like royalty, not just even, but especially when you cry.

13. Everyone Around You Tells You That You’re too Good for Your Partner

I have struggled with this many times. If people are constantly telling you “you could do so much better!”, “why are you with them?”, or “what do you see in them?”, maybe it’s time to assess what both of you are bringing to the table. Relationships should be equally beneficial.

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14. They Repeat the Same “Mistakes”

Even though it hurts you, and they say it won’t happen again, every time. Nevertheless, sooner or later, they always return to their mistake. I’ve always said “If it happens once, it can be a mistake. If it happens again, it was a choice.” The person who takes you for granted is not a person who loves you correctly. You know, I know, they know. Everybody knows.

15. You Think that You can Change Them

Yeah, this never works. Dating someone and cleaning up someones life or changing who they are or what they believe never works out. Of course, you will change and adapt and share commonalities and similar interests, but dating someone on the basis that they will change is a disaster waiting to happen.

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16. You Have to Vent About Them

Of course, we all need to rant. If you never vent about your relationship, I don’t even know what to tell you. But if you call up a different friend every night to vent, or your friends expect you to complain or cry about your relationship, what are you doing in it?!? Relationships are not supposed to add baggage to your life. There will be drama, but not all the time. If you find yourself complaining a considerable amount about your SO, it might be time to re-evaluate why you are with them.

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16 Clear Signs of a Toxic Relationship (part 1 of 2)

Relationships are tough. There will always be ups and downs, but how are you supposed to know what’s normal? How can you tell if your partner is just going through a rough time, or if they’re actually toxic? I’ve done a bit of dating in my time, and unfortunately, the majority of it wasn’t good. The thing is, when I was in a toxic relationship, I had NO IDEA. I thought the stuff I went through with my partner was normal. So, time after time, I dated people who were extremely toxic for me, because I thought that a person with the quality of toxicity was my “type”. It took years of defending my choice of boyfriend to everyone around me before I realized it was wrong. That toxic relationships exist, and that I had a bad habit of finding myself in them.

Don’t stay with someone because you’re scared of being alone.

**This will be separated into 2 posts because it is important and i’d like to be able to talk about each point a bit**

1. Trying to Isolate You

If your special someone in your life can’t handle you having any other friends, run away. This could easily be played off as a joke by saying things like, “I just want you all to myself”, but if it actually effects your relationship with your friends, it’s toxic.

Now, hear me say that your romantic relationship will always have an effect on your friendships. When you become involved with someone, your whole world will change. However, just because you spend less time with your friends to make room for the person you’re dating does not mean they are isolating you. Isolation looks like jealously, anger, and fits when you spend time with other people.

I broke up with my first real (and very toxic) boyfriend because every time I hung out with my best friend, he would go INSANE. Which, after 6 months, I finally realized was an issue.

2. They Don’t Respect You.

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Oh my goodness. The amount of relationships I see these days where the woman has no respect is unbelievable. This isn’t always based on gender though. If your person is always concerned about themselves (see narcissistic), and never about you, well that certainly is a problem.

I have a theory, that the single most important thing a relationship must have is mutual respect. Yes, more important than love. I know, it’s a crazy thought. You can’t always make things work because you love each other- though I did used to believe that love conquers all. However, mutual RESPECT will get you through anything. The key word being mutual.

3. You Are Not a Priority (But They are for You)

Not feeling prioritized is a huge red flag. Relationships are two-way streets. No, you cannot put in all the effort so that your partner doesn’t have to do anything. It just doesn’t work that way. That’s called parenthood. Ever heard the quote, “If a man wants to be with you, he will be”, or something along those lines? Same goes for women. If someone truly wants to be with you, you will know based on the effort they put into their relationship with you.

4. You Can’t Talk About Issues Without Fighting

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Actually, you can’t talk about anything without fighting. Seriously, if you feel the need to walk on eggshells around your partner to avoid conflict, that’s bad. If simple conversations like where you’re going to eat, what you did today, or what you liked about that movie turns into an argument, then what’s the point? You should be in a relationship with someone because you enjoy talking to them about things. Things that you can’t talk with other people. Having hard conversations is part of being in a relationship. If you can’t even talk about what restaurant you’re going to, how can you talk about important things: sharing finances, having kids, raising kids, job changes, family issues, marriage, etc.

5. Double Standards

YOU can’t go out on Friday nights, but he can. He needs his boy’s night. She needs to meet your friends, but you can’t meet hers. They always need to know what you’re doing, but always keep their whereabouts a secret. They can flirt with others and it’s harmless, when you do it its cheating. You can’t have friends of the opposite sex, but they can! My ex’s best friend was a girl, and got insanely jealous when I talked to another guy. He had sleepovers in the same bed as her (I lived with my strict christian parents so I couldn’t even do that with him). He also moved in with is ex-girlfriend. He made me feel insane to be jealous. Yet I couldn’t even look at another guy, or he had to know every detail.

6. They Make You Feel Like You Need Them

Oh my gosh. This is the worst. Don’t let people do things for you with the wrong intentions. Make sure you can take care of yourself. An example would be someone driving you everywhere, because you don’t have a car. Now, temporarily, this is okay. But if its consistent or if they hold it over your head, that’s a serious issue. If they say things implying that you need them, or threaten to not do something, like drive you, that’s manipulation. If one person overly depends on another in a relationship, it’s unhealthy. Relationships should be mutually beneficial.

7. Gaslighting

I put this one at the end because I’d like to spend a little time on it. If you want an entire post dedicated to gaslighting, let me know in the comments.

Gaslighting, by definition is, “manipulate (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity.”

Gaslighting is the worst kind of manipulation in my opinion, the guilty party makes the innocent one feel guilty and crazy for being right. 99% of the time if you feel like something is up, it is. If you can’t trust your partner, or if they make you feel insecure and unsure of yourself, get tf out. Relationships should add to your happiness and confidence, not take away from it. Always remember to put yourself first, your happiness should not be the cost of your partner’s happiness. Your well-being is not the price of your partner’s comfort. You are amazing and deserve someone who can both see that, and treat you like you are. You are a MFing queen (or king), and anyone who can’t see that isn’t worthy to date you.

The most obvious and common instance is cheating. If the man is cheating, and the woman questions him, he may call her crazy. If she asks about his relationship with another female, he’ll call her paranoid. If she asks where he was last night, he’ll tell her to stop stalking him. Other words are possessive, insane, clingy, insecure, jealous, etc.

Like I mentioned on #5, I once had a boyfriend who had a female best friend. They had been best. friends for years, he told me at the beginning he wouldn’t abandon her for a relationship (they had history of his toxic ex). That was fine with me. She was funny and very outgoing. The problem was, they would spend the night together all the time. They would drink and do drugs together, sleep in the same bed, when I was uncomfortable he would remind me that he wouldn’t abandon her. I never asked him to, I just wanted a little respect. Of course, all his friends were on his side. He called me clingy, crazy, manipulative, and made all of his friends hate me.

Then it got worse. His toxic ex, whom he told me he had blocked (not at my request), left her parents house. They started living together at their friend’s house (it was more of a crack house I guess..) And then I got really uncomfortable. I also found out that he had been the one to drive 30minutes to get her. And now they were sleeping in the same room. He also had told me he couldn’t resist her sexually. I was going insane over this, meanwhile he was hurling insults at me. Telling me she had nowhere to go, that nothing was going on, he was just helping her. After he dumped me, he brought her on a date into the coffee shop where I worked- and gave me a panic attack. This resulted in me getting fired because it was so bad I couldn’t work the rest of my shift. He did it on a dare, just to mess with me. He had that much power over me emotionally, and I never should have let him.

So if your partner often makes you feel small, crazy, insecure, or like you’re the reason you can’t trust them, that’s gaslighting. If there’s nothing to hide, they won’t mind showing you everything. I’m not saying go through your partner’s phone every day. But if you get to the point where you feel so uncomfortable that you need to, there should be no issue (if you ask. don’t do it behind their back).

Still Don’t Know?

If you’re still unsure, here’s a tip: make a list of the positive and negative things you are getting out of the relationship. Rate each thing on a scale of 1 to 5, and add up the points on each side. This is because if you simply count the things, you might stay with a guy who’s terrible because he buys you lunch sometimes. Don’t use one time events either! Ex: he bought me flowers that one time…

Come up with at least 5 on each side. If the score comes out even or negative… maybe look into why you’re together. Here’s an example.

ratingProsConsrating
4open with each otheralways busy-3
3good sexnever pays $$$-4
1foot massageshates my friends-5
2parents love themdoesn’t want kids-4
4makes me laughcan be stubborn-1
positive: 14; Negative:-17

In Conclusion…

I made this list of some of the most obvious things that are not okay in a relationship. It by all means doesn’t cover every single aspect of a toxic relationship. Let me tell you something: if you found yourself reading this list, either defending your partner or telling yourself “Yeah but…*insert defense here*”, then you’re probably in a toxic relationship. Although these things may seem obvious to some, when they actually take place in your relationship it can be hard to recognize. It may sound cliche, but some things are cliche because they’re right- given some time, things will get better.

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10 FREE Date Ideas for College Couples During Covid-19

Covid-19 has changed our world. Businesses, health, and relationships have suffered. Romantic relationships can be hard and become boring due to the lack of available activities. Especially if you’re low on cash, like most college students. So, here’s 10 FREE things you can do as a college couple during COVID-19 to keep romance alive!

1. Have a Game or Puzzle Night

But for real. Play checkers, chess, connect-4, card games, do a puzzle, play video games, even build with lego’s!

2. Go Geocaching

Get in the car and go! This scavenger hunt style adventure is sure to beat Netflix on the couch.

3. Have a Spa Night

Put on some music, turn down the lights, everyone loves a good spa night (males included!) Here are some basic ideas:

  • Basic nail care (trim and file your nails, clip your cuticles)
  • Face masks- I like this brand a lot!
  • Hot towels
  • Tweeze your brows- I think these are really cute!
  • Lotion
  • Back, foot, or full body massages…

4. Attend College Organized Activities

Most colleges have weekly organized activities. Look on their website- you might find free movies, food, crafts, and more fun things!

5. Have a Starlight Picnic

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic under the stars! Find a local spot, or just sit down on the lawn! Blankets, twinkling lights, food, cuddling… so romantic.

Tip: Use this special Picnic Backpack and Blanket to really set the night up for success!

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6. Compete in a Library Scavenger Hunt

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Pre-select around 10 books (probably an odd number so you don’t tie), go to your college’s library, and let the hunt begin! Bonus: check one out and read it together.

7. Make a Time Capsule

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Put in photos, print out a playlist, use business cards from your favorite places. Write a letter for each other to open when you dig it up.

8. Learn a Tik Tok Dance

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If you’re into Tik Tok, this is a great way to have fun and get moving as a couple. Imagine the people you’ll impress! Or you could just keep it to yourself.

9. Teach Each Other How to Do Something

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This is a fun way to share your interests, and maybe create more!

10. Get Down and Dirty in the Bedroom.

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Put some effort into actually planning a night in the bedroom. You’re only in college once (typically). Don’t be afraid to be adventurous and try new things! And um.. don’t forget to use protection.

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*Bonus* 5 Cheap Date Ideas

1. Walmart $20 Competition

Go to Walmart with a $20 budget. You can do one of two things:

  • Give each person $10 to find the other person a gift
  • Have a competition to see who can find the most fun activity for the night

2. Go to Drive-in Movie

This could take a bit of traveling depending on where you live, but it will be worth it! The privacy of your car makes it much more romantic.

3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch and Carve Pumpkins

It’s fall, y’all! Have some fun and go to a pumpkin patch, take some cute pictures, and get to carving! This carving kit has a really cute storage container!

4. Pay a Visit to a Local Museum

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Most colleges have a museum nearby. It may sound boring, but once you get there you won’t want to leave!

5. Go to an Arcade and Play Laser Tag

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Let the games begin.

Well, that’s all for today! Don’t forget to like, comment, and subscribe!

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