Mindfulness as a Tool for Self-Acceptance

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Mindfulness as a Tool for Self-Acceptance. Learn to love and accept yourself using mindfulness.

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of staying in the moment, of being in the here and now rather than focused on the past or the future. Many of us aren’t fully experiencing our lives because we’re spending so much time worrying about the future or ruminating about the past. Our busy lives keep […]

Books for Adult Children of Alcoholics

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Books for Adult Children of Alcoholics to heal and recover from toxic parents, codependency, trauma, and abuse.

This post contains affiliate links.     After my recent blog post about growing up in an alcoholic family, I got a lot of requests for additional reading suggestions. We are fortunate that there are many helpful books for Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOAs) on healing codependency, trauma, and relationship challenges. Below are some of […]

Are You Stuck in the Codependency Maze?

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Are you stuck in the codependency maze? Find solutions in self-help codependency recovery book.

  Are you drawn to people with serious problems, who tend to “under function”? Do you feel lonely in your relationships? Do you feel like no one listens to you or no one cares about you? Are you tired of having the same arguments over and over again? Do you feel invisible or insignificant? Do […]

How Codependents Can Stop Enabling and Controlling

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How Codependents Can Stop Enabling and Controlling

What is codependency? Codependency is a dysfunctional relationship pattern. People who identify as codependent usually play the role of “rescuer” in a relationship with someone who is impaired, addicted, or ill in some way. Codependents are constantly trying to help, change, fix, or rescue. You derive self-esteem and purpose through helping. And in doing so, you become […]

5 Keys to Managing Depression

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5 Keys to Managing Depression Naturally by attending to health, activity level, relationships, mind, and spirit.

Depression is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. It has the potential to impact all areas of your life — emotions, relationships, physical health, work, and productivity. The good news is that depression is very treatable; with proper mental health treatment, most people can effectively manage their depression. One of the struggles in treating depression […]

Perfectionism and OCD: What’s the Difference?

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What's the Difference Between Perfectionism and OCD? Understand Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Perfectionism, and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

I’m often asked what the difference is between perfectionism and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). It’s actually a fairly complex question and one that realistically this article will only be able to address on the surface. This article isn’t meant to diagnose any mental conditions and isn’t an exhaustive study of OCD or any other mental […]

Give Your Emotional Life a Spring Cleaning

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Give Your Emotional Life a Spring Cleaning

  An Emotional Spring Cleaning Spring is a time of new beginnings, growth, and hope. It’s also the time of year to clean out the garage and the closets, and discard what’s broken or obsolete. Like many of you, I have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. Cleaning isn’t exactly at the top of my […]

5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

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5 Simple Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

  Everyone I know is busy! It’s hard NOT to cram our schedules to the brim with our kids’ activities, volunteer projects, work, religious services, and social engagements! We all know that it’s easy to let our family relationships (whether with our partners or quality time with our kids) slide to last priority. Often the […]