Is a toxic relationship making you age faster?
There’s nothing better than finding people who love and cherish you. You celebrate your victories and support you through your lows. The opposite is also true. There’s nothing worse than a toxic relationship. Toxic people break you in more ways than you can comprehend. The effects are physical, emotional, and mental. It won’t be a stretch to say that a toxic relation takes a toll on our entire well-being. But the question here is, does a toxic relationship make you age faster? We are not simply talking about looking old, but does it affect our body, our immunity, and us in any other way? Let’s find out.
According to a research published in the Study of Gender Studies, researchers Stephanie Tierney and John R. E. Fox noted that there are parallels between people suffering from anorexia nervosa and female victims of domestic violence. The study says that people suffering from anorexia nervosa have a weak to a complicated relationship with their inner voice, which renders their willpower weak and makes them see themselves in poor light. Women who are victims of domestic violence also reported similar feelings and trauma as people suffering from anorexia nervosa. Meaning, these women also have low self-esteem, go through a lot of stress and do not have the will to look after their well-being.
It goes without saying that a toxic relationship is a reason for major stress, and there are more than enough evidence that stress causes a lot of negative changes in the body, including skin ageing, depression, eating disorder, and more. A study by McEwen BS titled Neurobiological and Systemic Effects of Chronic Stress states that stress alters a person’s cognitive behaviour, decision making, causes anxiety, and mood swings. Prolonged stress can cause depression, sleep loss, as well as smoking and alcohol addiction. Stress can also make a person cut-off from social engagements, meet friends and even indulge in any physical activities. It is a proven fact that having friends and being part of a community is a major factor that contributes to a longer lifespan and the entire well-being.
In addition to this, the brain also orchestrates behavioral and physiological responses to stress caused due to a toxic relationship. The study says, ‘(the) brain is a biological organ that changes in its architecture and its molecular profile and its neurochemistry under acute and chronic stress and directs many systems of the body—metabolic, cardiovascular and immune—that are involved in the short- and long-term consequences of being “stressed out” and the consequent health-damaging behaviors.’
If you are in a toxic relationship, it is time you cut toxic people out of your life. It is difficult, and even identifying that you are in a toxic relationship sometimes is difficult. We have a number of counselors and therapists who can not only help you with identifying toxicity in your relationship but also guide you to get out and start healing. Click HERE to contact one of our experts.