Spring Cleaning of the Heart

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By Prince William Living Publisher Rebecca Barnes

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We do a lot of spring cleaning this time of year. Our homes, our desks, we purge our closets and our pantries. But have you thought about cleaning out the bad relationships in your life? Whether you pull back from spending time with someone or cut them out of your life completely, getting past toxic situations and people can be incredibly challenging. It is possible with the right approach. Here are some ways to help you get past toxic things and situations:

Set Boundaries:

One of the most important steps in getting past toxic situations is setting boundaries. This means clearly defining what you will and will not tolerate and being firm and consistent in your approach. This will help you avoid getting caught up in toxic situations and interactions and give you the space you need to heal and move forward.

Seek Support:

Surrounding yourself with supportive and positive people can be a powerful tool in getting past toxic situations. Consider reaching out to friends, family members, or a therapist who can provide you with the support and encouragement you need to get through this challenging time.

Practice Self-Care:

Taking care of yourself is key when it comes to getting past toxic situations. This means doing things that bring you joy, relaxation, and a sense of peace, such as exercise, meditation, and spending time in nature. You can also try journaling, as this can be a powerful tool for processing your emotions and reflecting on your experiences.

Take Responsibility:

While it is important to avoid toxic situations and people, it is also important to take responsibility for your own actions and choices. This means acknowledging any mistakes or poor choices you may have made and working to make amends and move forward in a positive direction.


Forgiveness can be a difficult and challenging process, but it is also one of the most powerful tools for getting past toxic situations. This does NOT mean you have to have the person in your life. It doesn’t mean they stopped being who they are. In fact, it has almost nothing to do with THEM. This means letting go of resentment, anger, and bitterness and focusing on healing and moving forward.

These are just a few ways to get past toxic situations and people. It takes time, effort, and patience, but with the right approach and support, you can find peace, happiness, and a brighter future.

Rebecca Barnes is the Publisher of Prince William Living magazine and Brides & Weddings magazine. She is a lifelong resident of Prince William County and a volunteer with OWL VFD. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, being a Grandma, visiting Walt Disney World, blogging at Sightseeing Sidekick, reading, and sleeping.


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