Whether it is friends or relatives, this type of relationship is something you should definitely try to avoid as much as you. You are probably wondering why I am going to the dark side. Sometimes it a result of recent events that happens indirectly or maybe a topic triggered an experience. A long time ago one of my BFF suggested that I stay away or give myself a break from a particular friend that was draining my positive attitude. I'm glad I followed her advice. It's a little different from relatives but if you find that they are either consistently asking for your help or dumping on their problems, it might be best to take a break politely and let them get back to normal. Another one that is definitely at the top of my list is seeing friends in a toxic relationship and they can't seem to get away from it. Sometimes it is easier for other friends to say what they should do. Most of the time, the people in the relationship tries to break it off only to find new relationship that is similar to the one they left. The difficult part as a friend or a relative is trying to help someone who does not want to listen to you suggest even though they actually ask for your advice. We are not expert on this but life's experience gives you enough knowledge to know the difference and be able to read early signs. Life is too short to have people around you who are full of negativity and issues.
Spring is around the corner and it's time to clean up not just closets, sheds and pantry.