10 Tips to Avoid Toxic People

Toxic people can hurt our mental and emotional well-being. A toxic personality is consistently engaging in harmful behaviour towards others. It can include verbal or physical abuse, manipulation, control, lack of empathy, and an inability to take responsibility for their actions. These individuals can be challenging to be around and can harm the well-being of those around them. Therefore, it is essential to identify toxic behaviour and take steps to protect yourself emotionally and physically if you are dealing with a toxic person.

Signs of a toxic person

  • They consistently make negative or hurtful comments or engage in verbal or physical abuse.
  • They blame others for their problems or mistakes and do not take responsibility for their actions.
  • They tend to manipulate or control others.
  • They have a lack of empathy and do not show concern for the feelings or well-being of others.
  • They are excessively demanding and require constant attention and validation. It’s important to note that people can exhibit some of these behaviours sometimes, which doesn’t necessarily mean they are toxic. Still, if these behaviours are consistent, it may be a sign that the person is unhealthy, and you may want to take steps to protect yourself emotionally and physically.

10 tips on how to avoid toxic individuals

  1. Recognize the signs:
    Toxic people often exhibit manipulation, control, and disrespect patterns. They may also be emotionally unstable and have difficulty taking responsibility for their actions.
  2. Set boundaries:
    It’s essential to communicate your needs and establish clear boundaries with toxic individuals. Let them know what behaviour is unacceptable, and stick to your boundaries.
  3. Limit contact:
    Limit the time you spend with toxic people and avoid situations where you know they will be present. This can include social events, work environments, or online interactions.
  4. Practice self-care:
    Surround yourself with positive and supportive people, and engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Taking care of yourself can help build resilience against the adverse effects of toxic individuals.
  5. Seek professional help:
    If you find that a toxic person has a significant negative impact on your life, consider using a therapist or counselor. They can provide tools and strategies for dealing with toxic individuals and support you in maintaining healthy boundaries.
  6. Trust your instincts:
    If something feels off or uncomfortable about someone, it probably is. It’s better to err on caution and avoid people who make you feel uneasy.
  7. Don’t try to change them:
    Trying to change toxic people wastes time, energy, and emotional well-being. The best course of action is to focus on yourself and your well-being.
  8. Surround yourself with positive people:
    Seek out people who are positive, supportive, and healthy. Surrounding yourself with positive individuals will help you preserve a positive outlook and make it easier to deal with negative people if and when they come into your life.
  9. Learn to say no:
    One of the most powerful tools to protect yourself from toxic people is the ability to communicate no. Learn to say no to requests or demands you are uncomfortable with, and don’t feel guilty about it.
  10. Seek support:
    If you are in a situation where you’re dealing with a toxic person, seek the support of friends and loved ones. Talking to someone can help you process your feelings and get a different perspective.

It is important to remember that you are NOT responsible for the behaviour of toxic people. However, you have the right to protect yourself and your well-being. By recognizing the signs of toxicity, setting boundaries, and seeking support, you can avoid toxic individuals and maintain your emotional and mental well-being.


Chippy is a dreamer and optimist. She believes, we become what we hope, aspire, dream to be and knows how to make a dream or two happen. Seventeen years of experience, struggling, winning, failing, succeeding and failing again and making it, she knows what it takes to build a successful project, a business, and what it means by starting from the bottom up. It takes determination, dedication, and direction and that’s why her mission is to ‘step up & inspire.

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