Tired of Trying to Please Everyone?

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Are you tired of trying to please everyone?

People-pleasing is frustrating and exhausting. And it’s impossible! So, learn how to stop indiscriminately people-pleasing and put your effort into relationships that matter. This post contains affiliate links, which means we may make a small commission on purchases made through these links. Trying to please everyone is tiring. It’s also a waste of time! When […]

Healing the Psychological Effects of Abandonment

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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 […]

Release Mother’s Day Guilt

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Release Mother's Day Guilt. Moms can give up mother's day guilt, perfectionism, and people-pleasing and reclaim mother's day.

  Moms, you deserve to reclaim Mother’s Day and make it a day that truly makes you happy. Mother’s Day is often filled with angst and guilt and conflict. Mothers are particularly good at taking care of everyone else, wanting to please people, keep the peace, and simply putting themselves last. And some Moms have […]

How to Reclaim Your Self-Worth

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How to Reclaim Your Self Worth

Your self-worth is your sense of worth or value as a person. And for many people, it’s a struggle to see their worth. So, if you struggle with low self-worth or low self-esteem, keep reading and find out more about how to reclaim your self-worth and start feeling good about yourself! Why do you feel […]

How to Love Yourself: 22 Simple Ideas

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A woman learning to love herself with self-compassion

People-pleasing is a losing battle. When you focus on self-love and self-compassion rather than trying to get others to love you, you build your self-esteem and break codependent patterns so you can form healthier, happier relationships—with yourself and others. Loving yourself can be one of the hardest, yet most important things you’ll ever do. What […]

What is Codependency?

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What is Codependency?

Codependency is often misunderstood. It’s not just a label to slap on the spouse of every alcoholic. It encompasses a wide-range of behavior and thought patterns that cause people distress to varying degrees. I hope this article will help clear up some of the misconceptions about codependency and help you to understand codependency better.     1. […]

5 Simple Ways to Practice Self-Compassion

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5 Simple Ways to Practice Self Compassion

Are you self-critical? Do you expect a lot of yourself–and then berate yourself when you make a mistake? This happens to a lot of us…but it’s not helpful. Self-criticism doesn’t motivate people or help them perform better. In fact, it usually has the opposite effect. It’s hard to do better when you think so little […]

How to Maintain a Strong Sense of Self in Relationships

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How to Maintain a Strong Sense of Self and Not Lose Yourself in Relationships

Learn how to maintain a strong sense of self in relationships by living authentically, knowing yourself, avoiding people-pleasing, and building self-esteem. Losing your sense of self Do you seem to get swallowed up in relationships? Does your sense of self disappear when you’re in a relationship? This “loss of self” happens, whether you’ve been married for […]

Tips for Coping with the Holidays

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Tips for Coping with the Holidays. 5 printable PDF tip sheets to help you conquer perfectionism, difficult family members, stress, overwhelm, and depression.

Introducing 5 New Holiday Tip Sheets from Psychotherapist and Codependency Expert Sharon Martin, LCSW Are you dreading the holidays because of difficult people in your life? Do you tend to get stressed, sad, or overwhelmed during December? Do you want to set a positive tone for the holiday season? Would it be helpful to keep […]

How to Discover What’s Fun for You (and Why It Matters)

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How to Discover What's Fun for You

We all like different things, so it only goes to follow that what’s fun for others isn’t necessarily fun for you. You can live more authentically when you discover what’s fun for you. Living authentically Living authentically means being true to yourself, having a strong sense of who you are, and behaving in ways that […]