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Cutting Ties with Toxic Family

Cutting Ties with Toxic Family Members: An Act of Self-Care

Cutting ties with your family is difficult–and not what most people want. But sometimes it’s the only way to save your sanity and heal the emotional pain caused by a toxic* or abusive family. Cutting ties with toxic family members is an act of self-care. Not something you do because you’re mean or spiteful. It’s …

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Healing the Psychological Effects of Abandonment

Experiencing emotional abandonment in childhood can make us feel anxious, distrustful, ashamed, and inadequate – and these feelings often follow us into adulthood and make it difficult for us to form healthy, trusting relationships. In this article, you’ll learn how to begin healing the psychological effects of abandonment.  What is emotional abandonment? Emotional abandonment means …

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Emotional Invalidation: A Form of Emotional Abuse

Emotional invalidation is painful. Sometimes it’s unintentional, but it’s a sign of emotional abuse when done repeatedly and intentionally. Have others minimized, shamed, or invalidated your feelings? Having your feelings diminished, ignored, or rejected is a painful experience for all of us – but even more so if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or …

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10 Ways to Free Yourself from “Toxic” Parents

People with toxic behaviors (“toxic people”*) can make your life miserable. But you can reclaim your life! In this article, you’ll start to learn how to free yourself from toxic parents by setting boundaries and detaching from enmeshed relationships. This post contains an affiliate link, which means we may earn a small commission if you …

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Parenting When You're Codependent Breaking the Cycle of Codependency

Parenting When You Are Codependent: Breaking the Cycle

This article focuses on how to parent when you’re codependent or have experienced childhood trauma. You can break the cycle of codependency by learning to parent differently. You can use these strategies even if you’re not a parent (or your children are grown). You can apply many of these parenting strategies to yourself. Yep! It …

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Treat Yourself Like a Toddler and Other Tips for Those Who Struggle with Self-Care. A guide to self-care for codependents and those who struggle with self-care. Learn the difference between self-care and indulgence.

Treat Yourself Like a Toddler (and Other Tips for Those Who Struggle with Self-Care)

Codependents and people who grew up in dysfunctional families often struggle with self-care. But you can learn what true self-care is and how to tend to your needs. Do you struggle with self-care? Self-care is especially hard for those who grew up in dysfunctional families and/or developed codependent traits. Codependents struggle with self-care because they …

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