How To End A Toxic Friendship & Move On?

Last Update on August 18, 2020 : Published on June 15, 2020
How to end a toxic friendshipHow to end a toxic friendship

A good friendship helps us to become better, reduce stress by sharing feelings, make better lifestyle choices, and equally improves our mental health. But if you are seeing some bold signs like a betrayal of trust, pessimistic views, a lot of drama and nothing productive for quite some time, the time to say NO has come. Now you must be wondering how to end a friendship very gracefully, despite the fact that the other person will feel bad later. We will help you to find ways!

But before you jump to the conclusion, we recommend you to dive in the thoughts and scrape reasons you have decided to part ways. This step is necessary to be absolutely sure and remove chances for any guilt later. You may try to jot down your feelings and thoughts in a journal.

Does your friend lie a lot to you or he has become your rival unknowingly? You don’t want to spend any more time with him or he never fulfills any of the commitments? The reasons could be one or multiple but if you simply don’t want this friendship and you have made a decision, here’s how to end a friendship smoothly.

How To End A Toxic Friendship & Become Mentally Relaxed?

1. We Need To Talk

we Need To Talk

This method to end a friendship is just like ending a romantic relationship. Don’t rush into ending things on a call as your friend will be surprised by your thoughts and want to find ways to resolve the matter. But as you have decided to part ways, be genuine about your thoughts and keep things on the table clearly.

Call your friend for coffee and some discussions. Start the discussion with something like “I am noticing a lot of changes between us for a long time and I am really bothered about it.” Then you can explain everything. If there were any misunderstandings, they might get cleared up. But as we are considering that you have decided your goal, any kind of manipulation shall not affect your decision.

But amidst all this, listen to the other person more than delivering your message. It will help in evaporating this toxic relationship slowly but surely.

2. Moving Away Gradually

moving Away Gradually

Another method on how to end a toxic friendship is to start becoming distant from your friend slowly. This way, you are not snatching something away from someone but slowly taking back the pieces.

If you begin to avoid taking calls but reply to texts, get busy with your own work, do not show yourself on your friend’s social media account, or take a lot of time in responding back, you may be able to unfriend them after some time. This step may look light to you but it can put the other person in a stressful situation while he guesses the reason for the change in your behavior.

However, if the relationship is very toxic and you don’t want to explain anything to the person, better prefer this option.

3. End It All Immediately

end It All Immediately

Sometimes situations are worse and go high on nerves. If you are experiencing chaos and cannot bear the activities of your friend, better tell them your decision with a smile and leave things where they are.

If you cannot confront the person, try sending them a final goodbye letter. A humble goodbye is better if you know someone for a long time but the road ahead is not so great.

What Happens Afterwards?

Although you have made up your mind, your friend may react in different ways. For example:

  • They try to ask or beg you to come back into the friendship
  • They may get hurt and start acting defensively.
  • They may try to manipulate you to join them back.
  • They may ask you to stay connected by other means or forms.

Well, you need to prepare for all such situations in advance. Maybe you will end up with some better results rather than a breakup or simply feel free from everything.


Breaking up or becoming strangers once again is painful and it may impact you and your friend mentally with stress. But you need to stay happy and all the efforts are meant to do the same thing. In any case, you can reach out to us in the comment section below and we may help you with advice or any post-breakup issues.

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About The Author

Akanksha Soni

Akanksha is an active lifestyle blogger and writer at Calmsage. She has learnt various lessons on happiness and methods to fight depression through 'Gurus' as well as own experiences. An ardent practitioner of Yoga and meditation, she keeps traveling, writes and interacts with people to feel alive.

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