When to Leave Something Toxic


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

  • Lack of trust

  • Controlling behaviors

  • Dishonesty

  • Manipulation

  • Feeling belittled

  • Being unsupported

  • If they are unreliable

  • Passive aggression

  • If it feels like you are "keeping score"

  • Unhealthy attachment issues

  • Codependency

  • Possessiveness

Here are some examples for a work environment:

  • High turnover rate

  • Burnout

  • Gossip

  • Lack of leadership

  • Minimal trust of colleagues

  • Poor communication

  • Disengaged employees

  • Nonverbal feedback

  • Hesitations to ask questions

  • Uncertain work responsibilities

  • Lack of boundaries

  • Growing workload without additional compensation

  • Micromanagement

  • No management

  • Overall wellbeing is compromised

  • Feeling drained

  • Hypocrisy

  • Threats