Book Review: The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People #HSP #coping #empath #selfcare

Book Review: The Empath’s Survival Guide

    We live in a world with high levels of sensory input – loud movies, bright lights, crowds of people, the 24-hour news cycle, social media and technology that constantly interrupt and demand our attention. If you’re a highly sensitive or empathic person, this can be overwhelming and overstimulating, and leave you exhausted and […]

11 Autumn Self-Care Ideas Fall Self-Care #selfcare #autumn #fall #seasonal

11 Autumn Self-Care Activities for People who Struggle with Self-Care

  Fall is here and with it comes busier schedules, colder weather, and shorter days. In the blink of an eye, the holidays will be here, and we’ll be wrapping up another year. Autumn is a natural time for reflection and gratitude and it provides some special opportunities to use seasonal self-care ideas like the […]

Healthy Dependency vs Codependency #codependency

Healthy Dependency vs. Codependency

  Codependency is an unhealthy form of dependency, but it’s not dependency in and of itself that’s the problem. There are healthy forms of dependency, otherwise known as interdependency, that make relationships stronger. But distinguishing codependency from interdependency can be tricky — especially if you haven’t experienced many healthy relationships yourself.   What is interdependency? […]

How to Stay Motivated #motivation #personalgrowth #change #healing

How to Stay Motivated Through the Ups and Downs of Change

  Whether you’re healing from a traumatic event, coping with yet another depressive episode, or trying to become a better parent, you know that progress rarely happens in a straight line. Intentional growth and healing are the results of hard work – often over an extended period of time. Positive changes don’t “just happen” and […]

Emotional Invalidation #abuse #emotional #gaslighting #control #narcissist #invalidation

Emotional Invalidation: A Form of Emotional Abuse

  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 survivor of abuse or other trauma. It’s important to have a sense of belonging and to be a […]

10 Ways to Free Yourself from Toxic Parents #codependency #narcissistic #ACOA #ACA #adultchildren #toxicfamily #dysfunctional #boundaries #detachment #selfcare

10 Ways to Free Yourself from Toxic Parents

  In my last post, I shared 15 Signs You Have a Toxic Parent. Awareness is a great place to begin, but if you have toxic parents, what you really want to know is how to cope with their crazy-making.   How are your toxic parents impacting your life? Toxic parents can make your life […]

Signs You Have a Toxic Parent #toxic #parent #dysfunctional #difficult #ACA #narcissistic

15 Signs You Have a Toxic Parent

  No one has a perfect relationship with their parents or in-laws.   If you’re lucky you have a positive and healthy relationship with your parents most of the time. Unfortunately, for some people – those with toxic parents – this isn’t possible. No matter how hard you try, you can’t have a mutually satisfying […]

10 Summer Self-Care Tips for People-Pleasers

10 Summer Self-Care Tips for People-Pleasers

    When is the best time to start taking better care of yourself? Right now! No matter the season or day of the week, it’s time to put yourself on your to-do list and give yourself the same love and respect that you give to others. Below, I share 10 summer self-care ideas, but […]

Boundaries and self-care make codependent feel guilty.

Prioritize Your Needs, Set Boundaries, and Practice Self-Care Without Feeling Guilty

  Do you have difficulty prioritizing your needs, setting boundaries, and consistently practicing self-care? These are struggles for many people who have codependent traits. We tend to put our needs last, often sacrificing our own well-being to make other people happy or avoid conflict. And when we do consider our own needs, set boundaries, and […]

10 Stress Management Tips for for Busy, Overwhelming, and Difficult Times

10 Stress Management Tips for for Busy, Overwhelming, and Difficult Times

  We all experience stress, a feeling of being pressured or overwhelmed, from time to time. Sometimes feeling stressed only lasts a few minutes or hours — and either the stressor is relieved, or we successfully use our coping strategies to reduce our feelings of overwhelm. And there are other times when we’re under a […]