unhealthy relationships

Family Dynamics

Family interactions can be nurturing or stressful (or both!).

Relationships are nurturing when someone knows you and loves you. You can let your guard down and be yourself. There’s a feeling of comfort, familiarity and acceptance.

Relationships become stressful when people don’t see you as you are in the moment – they see you in the past. Your personal growth and evolution are invisible.

The way your family interacts with you often becomes part of your narrative. It influences how you see yourself.  It can become a significant block in your growth

What can you do if your family relationships are stressful or unhealthy?

The first step is to get connected with your energy. Center and ground yourself. Let go of any thoughts or anxieties to do with family.

Once you’re in a calm, grounded place, start to focus inward and tune into yourself. Take a few minutes to listen to your intuition and what feels true to you.

Trust that when you’re connected to your truth, you will be able to express yourself openly and in the moment.

Find a calm way to share what you’re feeling. It’s better to be honest and take a leap of faith with someone than stay in a negative dynamic.

The reality is, you are energetically connected to everyone in your family. When you grow and evolve spiritually, you are giving other family members permission to do the same.

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Shedding Destructive Behavior

The world is a chaotic place. At times it's easy to feel overwhelmed and that you can’t cope with all that’s going on.

As a result, you may find yourself engaging in unhealthy habits and behaviors that are not good for your mind, body or soul.

Self-destructive behavior can manifest in many ways. It might start off innocently enough and then spiral completely out of control.

Self-destructive habits can become addictions that flare up when you need to escape uncomfortable situations or avoid intense emotions - they help mask feelings of self-loathing and low self-esteem.

Common Destructive Behaviors

  • Alcohol

  • Drugs

  • Smoking

  • Unhealthy Relationships

  • Unbalanced Eating

  • Self-Harm

  • Social Isolation

  • Excessive Shopping

  • Gambling

  • Self-Pity

  • Apathy (failing to take action in life)

When you regularly engage in self-destructive behavior, it blocks personal growth and emotional maturity. It affects all areas of your life and your relationships.

For example, you tell yourself that you are someone that needs a drink to relax and connect with others. Yet because you have a problem, you end up saying and doing things that create conflicts in your relationships.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, you should seek medical attention and counseling. In addition, deep spiritual work can help you find peace of mind and get you re-connected to your feelings.

Meditation, yoga, spending time in nature, nurturing your body with good food and finding a support group of like-minded people are all ways that you can start to take better care of yourself and make healthier choices.

When you are doing things that fill you up with new energy and purpose you will begin to feel more self-love and self-acceptance.

Over time, you will learn new coping skills to process and deal with intense emotions and uncomfortable feelings.

Emotionally happy and grounded people are less likely to want to bring a lot of chaos and negativity into their lives.

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