Why 'Toxic Friends' Can Make You ill
Mums wanting to start the New Year the right way take notice – new research has revealed that healthy relationships can be just as important as a balanced diet and a good night’s sleep.
Scientists have discovered that negative and stressful situations, such as hanging around with friends who make you feel bad about yourself, could lead to increased inflammation, which is linked to illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure.
The Daily Mail reported that a study by UCLA’s school of medicine took 122 healthy young people and monitored stressful events, finding that those in the group who had experienced more stress had a higher proportion of proteins, responsible for many life-threatening illnesses.
As finding suggests that surrounding yourself with people who make you happy could make you less likely to fall ill – do you need to re-evaluate your friendships? Next time you’re with a friend, ask yourself the following questions:
Do you usually feel bad about myself/negative after speaking to this person?
Does she make a joke at your expense or put you down to make others laugh?
Do you always give more than you get in return?
Do you often hesitate to share good news with her?
Do you think she would drop everything to be there for you?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you need to think about how happy this person really makes you and how important she/he is in your life. It may be as simple as explaining the way you feel as they may not have realised, but chances are if they only feel good about themselves when putting you down – you could be risking more than just your happiness!
How have you dealt with toxic friends in the past? What would you do if your child had a toxic friend they just wouldn't ditch? Share your experiences and advice for other mums below: