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7 ways your body is trying to tell you that your relationship is toxic
Your body may be trying to tell you something you don't want to hear. - photo by Melinda Fox
Sometimes it's hard for us to accept the truth. It's easy to tell yourself lies. You say to yourself, "Everything is fine. I'm just overreacting about something small." But in reality, there's a deeper issue.

The amazing thing is that your body knows the truth. It can tell you if something is wrong with your relationship; you just need to know how to listen to it.

Here are 7 ways your body is trying to tell you something's not right:

1. Vaginal dryness

While vaginal dryness can be a result of aging or a medical condition, in general if your body isn't producing natural lubricant it may be a sign that something is not right between you and your partner.

2. Constipation

You might be surprised to learn that emotional unrest can affect your bowels. Even low levels of tension can suppress your gastroscopic reflex, which can make a bowel movement challenging.

3. Back pain

Believe it or not, your back pain can be caused by emotional issues. Relationship anxiety can cause your blood vessels to contract, which reduces blood flow and gives your muscles less oxygen. The result is biochemical build-up. This means that your relationship anxiety could be giving you back pain.

4. Weird appetite

When your relationship is messed up, either you want to eat everything in sight or nothing at all. This is because serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, also influences your hunger. So, when something is off about how you feel, the neurotransmitter might also send your brain the wrong message about your stomach.

5. Restless sleep

Whether or not you're aware of it, if you're in a bad relationship you are probably experiencing heightened stress. This stress makes it challenging for your body to relax and sleep. If you're having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, this could be a sign that you're in a bad relationship.

6. Frequent colds

If your body is trying to deal with your emotional challenges such as those caused by an unsavory relationship, it is less able to put the effort towards fighting off other threats to your body such as bacteria and toxins. This means that when your relationship is on the rocks your immune system is weakened causing you to get sick more frequently than usual.

7. No motivation

When your body is worn out from trying to deal with a challenging relationship, it also becomes challenging to get yourself motivated to go to the gym, work, or get outside your house. If you are feeling like you'd rather lay in your bed (maybe with some Netflix) than face the world, your body is trying to communicate that something is amiss in your relationship.

These symptoms aren't necessarily signs that you need to break up, but they are signs that you need to face the fact that there are issues in your relationship that are affecting your health and changes in your relationship need to be made.