The Effects of Toxic Positivity on Your Mental Health
How many times have you heard “just cheer up” or “things could be worse”? These are examples of toxic positivity. It’s when family, friends, or coworkers deny real feelings. Even though toxic positivity isn’t always on purpose, it can be hurtful. Many times, it can stop people from finding support like therapy. Learn to spot toxic positivity, and replace it with supportive examples below.
Validation & Hope
• It’s ok to feel bad sometimes.
• This must be difficult.
• Your feelings are valid.
All emotions are valid. If you ever experience toxic positivity, be honest and let them know what you’d like to hear. If your loved ones are opening up to you, try asking them what type of support they’d like. If more support is needed, therapy or other professional mental health support could be helpful. Find Mental Health Resources