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Winter self-care

Self-Care is Always Important Self-care includes all the things we do to maintain or improve our wellbeing. We all know how important basic self-care activities such as adequate sleep, exercise, healthy eating, hobbies, and spending time with friends are. If we don’t prioritize self-care, we feel lousy. Our health suffers. We get sick. We’re irritable, …

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Affirmations are a simple way to increase your self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself. Ideally, we feel good about ourselves most of the time and recognize that we have value despite our imperfections. People with high self-esteem recognize their strengths and good qualities—and also their weaknesses or areas in need of improvement. They …

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How to validate yourself

Everyone needs validation—to feel accepted and understood. However, we shouldn’t rely on others for validation. It’s important to know how to validate ourselves.  It feels good to be praised, to have your feelings affirmed, to be told you did a good job, and to be appreciated. It’s normal to want validation from others—your parents, spouse, …

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12 Reminders Change Codependent Thinking

Codependent thinking is distorted and unhelpful. Learn to challenge codependent thoughts and replace them with positive, healthy affirmations. Codependent thinking and behaviors can sabotage our health, happiness, and relationships. Here are some examples: Codependents neglect themselves in order to take care of others. Codependents lose their individuality trying to please others. Codependents don’t ask for …

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Cutting Ties with Toxic Family

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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Is it codependency or caring?

Healthy caregiving vs. codependent caretaking It’s natural to express love by taking care of others, especially when you see a loved one struggling or hurting. However, the difference between codependency and caring isn’t clear. Certainly, not all caregiving is bad or unhealthy. When trying to determine if our caretaking is based on codependency, it’s useful …

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Do you repeatedly get into codependent relationships? If so, use these strategies to reduce codependent behaviors and form healthier relationships. What is codependency? Codependency is a broad term and it can manifest in a variety of ways. Below are some of the most common symptoms of codependency. You don’t need to have them all to …

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5 tips for setting boundaries

Boundaries are hard to set, especially if you didn’t grow up with healthy boundaries. But everyone can learn to set boundaries! And these five tips can make setting boundaries easier. Why we need boundaries Do you struggle to set boundaries? If so, you’re not alone. Mental health professionals and self-help gurus put a lot of …

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Enmeshed family

Being close to your family is usually a good thing, but it’s possible to be too close. Enmeshment describes family relationships that lack boundaries such that roles and expectations are confused, parents are overly and inappropriately reliant on their children for support, and children are not allowed to become emotionally independent or separate from their …

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Codependents can step into their circle of control

Codependents often focus on other people and their problems – sometimes spending a lot of time and energy trying to change or fix things outside of their control. Not only can this lead to self-neglect, but it’s also frustrating and often unproductive. Instead, we need to focus on what we can control and learn to …

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