Relationships are an integral part of our lives both physically and spiritually. Maintaining these relationships and investing our time and emotions into better relationships is one of the things that not only make us human, but quite literally make life worth living. However, because relationships are so vital and important, they also have the potential to cause great harm to us emotionally, spiritually and in extreme cases physically. So how can you know that it is time to stop working on a relationship and move on for the sake of self-preservation?

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse of any kind is unacceptable and will cause deep emotional and spiritual scars. Your healing process will not begin until you put healthy distance between yourself and the other individual.

Emotional Abuse

Emotional abuse is often harder to define because an emotional abuser is very subtle in their attacks on your spirit. Emotional abuse manifests itself as attacks upon one’s confidence, self-worth, and ability to progress. Constant criticism, dream bashing, and generally holding the victim back are the ways that an emotional abuser seeks to assert their power and cruelty. When someone shows no interests in getting help for these issues, it is time to remove yourself from the situation to begin healing and growing again.

Financial Abuse

If you are in a relationship with someone who refuses to participate financially it can cause a drain on your emotions and eventually your health and energy as you seek to shoulder the entire financial burden yourself. A sign of a healthy relationship is a mutual desire to pull together and work as a team financially.

Not all unhealthy relationships are intimate relationships. Quite often friendships or family relationships can become abusive in these ways also, and the harm caused to your spirit is the same. Learning to identify and leave harmful relationship is essential to your spiritual and emotional health.