Eliminate Toxic Friendships
Friends are an essential component of your social well-being, but when toxic relationships are elevating your stress level, it may be time to cut toxic friends loose. “It’s tough when you have invested so much time and energy into a friendship, but there can be times when maintaining these relationships take an extreme emotional toll,” says Rhonda Richards-Smith, Los Angeles-based psychotherapist. Take a step back and assess your stress level when interacting with friends to determine if the friendship is worth keeping. “If not, cherish the good times you had, the lessons you learned and move on,” says Richards-Smith.