Emotional Invalidation: A Form of Emotional Abuse

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

  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

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

  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 […]

15 Signs You Have a Toxic Parent

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

  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

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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 […]

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 […]

What Are Boundaries and Why Do I Need Them?

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What are boundaries and why do I need them?

What are boundaries? All relationships need boundaries. A boundary is an imaginary line that separates me from you. They separate your physical space, your feelings, needs, and responsibilities from others. Your boundaries also tell other people how they can treat you – what’s acceptable and what isn’t. Without boundaries, people may take advantage of you […]

9 Practical Ways to Love Yourself

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Practical Ways to Love Yourself and practice self-compassion

  Life can be hard. We all screw up sometimes. We get frustrated and lose our temper. We regret things said or left unsaid. Our children struggle with learning disabilities or anxiety or any number of things. We hurt deep inside about harm caused to us as children. Our loved ones die. We get laid-off […]