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Letting Go of a Relationship That Stresses You

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Updated May 28, 2014

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Letting Go of a Relationship That Stresses You

Sometimes less is more. Moving forward with stronger relationships is important. ©iStockPhoto.com

Step Three: Now put more of a focus into the relationships you have with the people whose names are circled. Remember that relationships, when healthy and supportive, are worth the time and energy you put into them, and give them the time that they deserve. As for the names that are crossed off, you can decide whether you want to keep sending them holiday cards and maintain a friendly rapport when you see them by chance, or if you want to make a clean break. But don’t allow them to continue to add stress and negativity to your life. Reserve your energy for your true friends.

If some of the names you encounter are those of family members, co-workers, or people who are for some other reason difficult to avoid, this article on dealing with difficult people can help you to deal with them in a way that will reduce the stress they can bring into your life.

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