Relationships can be complicated, and it's not always easy to tell if you're in a healthy one. While some red flags are obvious, others can be more subtle, so it’s important to know what to look out for when dating someone new – or if you suspect you may already be in a toxic relationship. Today we’re talking about some easy-to-miss red flags that you need to keep in mind…
They don't respect your boundaries. Respect is essential in any healthy relationship. If your partner constantly ignores your boundaries, that’s a huge red flag. This can include anything from constantly texting you when you've said you need space to pressuring you into doing things you're not comfortable with. If your partner doesn't respect your boundaries, it's a sign that they do not value you as a person.
They're always negative. Negativity can be toxic in a relationship. If your partner is always negative and critical of everything, it can bring you down emotionally as well, even if it’s not you they’re criticizing. While it's natural to have ups and downs in any relationship, a partner who is always negative can be draining. So if your partner is always complaining, it may be time to reassess your relationship.
They don't listen to you. Communication is key in any healthy relationship. If your partner is always talking over you or not listening to what you have to say, it's a big red flag. This can make you feel like your opinions don't matter and lead to a breakdown in communication. If your partner doesn't listen to you, it may be time to have an honest conversation with yourself about how you feel and what you need.
They don't make time for you. Making time for each other is important in any relationship. If your partner is always busy or doesn't prioritize spending time with you, it can be a red flag. It's important for you to feel like you're a priority in your partner's life, like you’re loved and cared for and appreciated, and if they are always too busy for you, it may be a sign that they're not ready for a serious relationship.
They're always on their phone. We’re all guilty of being on our phones too much at times, but if your partner is always on their phone when they're with you, it can make you feel like they're not present in your relationship. It can also be a sign that they're not interested in what you have to say. So if your partner is always on their phone, it's worth having a conversation with them about how it makes you feel.