6 Types of Toxic People You Should Let Go From Your Life

The older we get, the more important it becomes to surround yourself with good company. We need support systems that will be there when we need them most and cheer us on rather than drain us throughout our journey. Also with age, we have less time and energy for people who only carry negativity and drama. Life's too short to keep around those who don't better you in some way, so ask yourself whether or not he or she adds any sort of value to yours. If the answer is no, it might be time to cut ties and move on to others who are worthy of your friendship. See six types of friends you should consider letting go of.

1. The Jealous Friend

Being forever green with envy is not only unhealthy for the person, but also for you. It may say more about their own confidence and security, but when they start to make you feel bad for your accomplishments, that's a problem. A good friend encourages you to go after what you want and should be proud when you hit your goals. Even if it's about material possessions, they shouldn't guilt trip you for buying nice things with your hard-earned money.

2. The Negative Nancy

Negativity can be contagious and the more you're around it, the more you'll start to adopt a similar attitude without even being aware of it. You should befriend those who can spot the silver lining in things, not only the downsides. Know the difference between being realistic and pessimistic.

3. The Train Wreck

This is the person who just can't seem to get their sh*t together. They don't have their priorities straight and they often rely on you to help them get out of messy situations. Even if they have a good heart, you can't take of them forever, nor is it your responsibility to. If he or she has any impact on your finances or time, consider letting them figure things out on their own.

4. The Drama Queen

We all know that one person who gets off on drama. While it can be entertaining to watch things get stirred up, it can also be exhausting. No one has time for drama after college anyway, so try to separate yourself even if it's hard to resist the juicy gossip.

5. The Judge Judy

First of all, you should be able to live your life as you choose, and if you are in good company, they'll support you every step of the way. It's annoying when you constantly feel like you're being critiqued, especially by someone who's supposed to a close friend. Identify whether or not they're genuinely looking out for you or simply trying to make themselves feel better at your expense.

6. The Mean Girl

It may have been funny in high school, but it gets old when they still haven't outgrown their meanness as an adult. Associating yourself with such an immature person could make others assume you hold the same snarky attitude. Even if it's not to that degree, they might think you at least support that kind of treatment, which also doesn't make you look great.