Too Much of a Good Thing? What Energizes You Can Also Deplete You

Olivia Love
2 min readSep 4, 2022

You’ve likely heard and maybe even participated in the debate of whether one can have too much of a good thing.

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Here I’m thinking in particular about love and sex addiction. Some people debate whether these can truly count as addictions. I’d argue that while co-dependency and unhealthy relationships with and approaches toward sex and dating can truly be problematic, we as humans also need social and physical connection. Connections, really. But the healthiness of those connections and our approach to those connections also hinge on how healthy our relationship with ourselves is.

Yes, there can be too much of a good thing. But context matters. Intentions matter. If you have an unhealed relationship with yourself — and we are all in various stages of healing; it will always be a dynamic process — that level of connection with or disconnection from self will carry over to your intimate and romantic relationships.

Sex and relationships can be both energizing and depleting. Part of this is the paradox of life, but it also speaks to the toxicity of living in an individualist culture. When people feel more supported in community, where early childhood support is more embedded in the social structure, when people’s health begins to be prioritized over profits, we can begin to have healthier relationships with ourselves and each other.

So while sex and relationships are a critical part of a life well-lived, engaging consciously with how you approach sex and relationships will help you raise rather than lower the vibration of your life.

What energizes you can also deplete you because yes, you can have too much of a good thing. Fixating too much on external things, including sex and relationships, can mean you are not centering yourself enough and are using sex and/or relationships as a distraction. Too much of a good thing can be toxic. The difference between a medicine and a poison is in the dosage, with many things, and likewise the healthiness or toxicity of your intimate and romantic life and habits also fall on a spectrum.

Ultimately, you have to decide what is healthy for you and take accountability for your own healing outside of other people. You need to navigate what energies you accept into your life and to take responsibility for how you navigate those energetic entanglements.

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Olivia Love

Mother, wellness advocate, healing practitioner, and writer