When protecting yourself from radiation, experts recommend that you engage three factors: time, distance, and shielding. To reduce exposure to radiation, you can wait to enter a contaminated area (maybe years), put distance between you and the contamination, and shield yourself. Depending upon the type of radiation, the shielding can be as insubstantial as paper or need to be as dense as lead.
It’s this way with toxic people too. Some relationships only lose toxicity after time has healed us. Many times, the best action is to put physical distance between us and the toxic person or situation. In some cases, we can shield ourselves from their nasty words, actions, and judgments by shielding our hearts. In many cases, only a combination of all three can help you cope. With love, perhaps you can also heal.