We can be put into a lot of toxic situations throughout our life. It can be relationships, environments, jobs, the list goes on. The first step is to realize that it is toxic and identify what makes it toxic. Then, you should decide if it can be fixed or not. If not, it is time to leave it behind. Once you experience one or more things below, it may be time to leave.
Here are some examples for a relationship:
Any kind of emotional, physical, mental, or verbal abuse
New studies are showing many different health benefits of THC. Research suggests THC might help with the following:
Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
Lower blood pressure
Control nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy
Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
Relax tight muscles in people with MS
Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS
Can help control seizures
Helps prevent relapsing in drug and alcohol addictions
Research shows that it is better for you to avoid smoke when consuming THC, as the smoke can impact your lung health. If you think THC might help you and your symptoms, ask your doctor if you might benefit from THC use.
Energy drainers can cause you to feel burnt out, overwhelming fatigue, and lack of interest in others and activities. It is so important to realize when things are energy drainers to you and when you need to take a break. Learning how to set boundaries and reframing your mind will help you avoid these issues.
Here are some examples of things that can be energy drainers:
Trying to gain control over things we cannot control
Bringing up our past mistakes
Spending time with people who do not make us happy
The simple explanation of what imposter syndrome is: feeling like you are a fraud and not deserving of all that you have accomplished. People with imposter syndrome are typically high achievers who accomplish a lot, yet they don’t believe they actually deserve it. Despite things like education, hard work, experience, and everything else that would help them accomplish things, they still have self doubt about the accomplishments.
You may have imposter syndrome if you are unable to realistically assess your abilities and skills related to your performance and success. Common personality traits linked to people with imposter syndrome are perfectionism and low self esteem.
Some things that may help:
Understanding that you are experiencing this is the first step in helping yourself get over imposter syndrome.
Focusing on what is really going on and being able to distinguish the truth from how you are feeling.
Acknowledging everything you do to achieve your accomplishments will remind you that you do deserve this.
Everyone knows the usual anxiety symptoms such as fidgeting, being worried, etc. but there are many physical symptoms, some of which are lesser known. Anxiety can actually cause the throat muscles to contract the same way they would when your gag reflex is triggered which means severe anxiety can cause you to gag or even throw up.
It seems like this symptom isn’t talked about enough. As someone who has personally dealt with this, sometimes people do not believe it can happen and they assume you are being dramatic. It isn’t only that you feel so anxious you could throw up, it is your body physically reacting to that anxiety.
A few things that could help when this happens is focus on your breathing, try drinking some water, and giving yourself a break.
Empathy burnout is something that can occur when you exhaust yourself while catering to others’ emotions, energies, and wellbeing. Another term for it is compassion fatigue. It is important to set boundaries for yourself and for others because a lack of boundaries can lead to burnout.
Here are some examples of what empathy burnout can look like:
Feeling disconnected to others
Lack of emotion
Being triggered more often
Feeling overly emotional
If you are feeling any of these things and you have noticed that you have been taking care of others more often lately, it is important to make time to take care of yourself.
Homemade salsa is a great summer snack, it tastes good and has great health benefits. It is even better when the ingredients come fresh from a garden. My favorite salsa recipe can be found here. Some of the health benefits are:
Good source of vitamins
Can help burn fat
Low in calories
Can help prevent kidney stones
Contains quercetin which has been found to have anticancer, anti inflammatory, and antihistamine effects