How to Stop Being Codependent

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How to Stop Being Codependent

Do you want to stop being codependent? It can feel like an overwhelming task and you may not know where to begin. This article will help you change specific codependent behaviors and with continued practice, you can overcome codependency and be emotionally healthier. Codependency includes unhelpful or unhealthy ways of thinking and acting. Codependents tend […]

What Is An Avoidant Attachment Style?

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What is an avoidant attachment?

    Approximately 25% of us have an Avoidant Attachment Style.   In my earlier post, What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does it Matter?, I explained the three primary attachment styles (secure, anxious, and avoidant) identified by psychologist Mary Ainsworth in the 1970s. Understanding your attachment style can help you create happier, healthier adult […]

What Is An Anxious Attachment Style?

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Anxious Attachment

  In my previous post, What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does It Matter?, I gave you an overview of the three primary attachment styles (secure, anxious, and avoidant) and how attachment styles become the blueprint for our adult romantic relationships. Securely attached people tend to have happier, longer lasting relationships built on trust. They […]

What’s My Attachment Style and Why Does It Matter?

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What's my attachment style?

If you’re in an unhappy relationship, feel stuck in a pattern of failed relationships, or can’t seem to find Mr. (or Ms.) Right, your attachment style may be the reason. We all learn about human relationships from our first relationships – those with our parents or primary caregivers. Understanding your attachment style can help you […]

How to Stop Enabling

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How to Stop Enabling

  Enabling is doing something for someone that they can reasonably do for themselves. Originally, enabling referred specifically to doing something for an alcoholic or addict (such as loaning him money, excusing his aggression, or driving him to work because he got a DUI) to help him avoid the consequences of his addiction. But enabling […]

Self-Care When You’re Overwhelmed

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Self-Care When You're Overwhelmed

  Feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Here’s how to stay emotionally healthy.   Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is your stress level rising? Obviously, it’s been an especially difficult year. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed out, you’re not alone!   What do you do when you’re overwhelmed and stressed? When we feel overwhelmed, many […]

Accepting What We Can’t Control

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Accepting What We Can’t Control

  How to cope when life doesn’t go as planned.   Life rarely goes according to plan. I used to think I could make a plan, work hard, and accomplish what I’d set out to do. I’m a planner. I like routines and consistency. I like to know what’s going to happen. I like it […]

End a Relationship without Feeling Guilty

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How to End a Relationship without Feeling Guilty

  Guilt keeps many people stuck in dysfunctional or codependent relationships because they prioritize other people’s needs and happiness above their own.   Generally, we hope or expect that relationships will last forever. We idealize close family ties, soulmates, and decades-long friendships. But sometimes this unrealistic expectation – that our relationships should last forever — […]

5 Myths About Codependency

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5 Myths About Codependency

  Challenging common myths about codependency Codependency is a confusing term. And regardless of whether you like the term or not, it’s become a popular way to talk about a group of traits and inter-personal relationship dynamics that are usually the result of childhood trauma (such as growing up in a dysfunctional family) or generational […]

Choose Yourself: You Matter

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Choose Yourself Because You Matter

  Do you back down from your boundaries and allow others to mistreat you? Do you ignore your needs so you can satisfy someone else’s needs? Do you ignore or minimize your feelings? Do you skip self-care because you’re busy taking care of everyone else and think you can do without? In other words, do […]