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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What are boundaries and why do I need them?

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 […]

A woman learning to love herself with self-compassion

How to Love Yourself: 22 Simple Ideas

  Before anybody else can love you, you have to love yourself You’ve heard this many times before. But what does it mean to love yourself? And how do you actually love yourself? For various reasons, many of us find it easier to love others than to love ourselves. Sometimes we’re truly quite awful to […]

How to Set Boundaries with Toxic People

How to Set Boundaries with Toxic People

  It isn’t easy to set boundaries with toxic people, but it’s something we can all learn to do and when we do, it’s empowering.   Boundaries are a way to take care of ourselves. When we set boundaries, we’re less angry and resentful because our needs are getting met. Boundaries make our expectations clear, […]

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

Tips for Coping with the Holidays

    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 […]

How Codependents Can Stop Enabling and Controlling

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 […]

How Couples Can Create Strong Happy Relationships. Learn how to calm your busy mind, prioritize your partner, and embrace imperfection.

How Busy Couples Can Create Strong, Happy Relationships

  Have you wondered how busy couples can create strong, happy relationships?   Life is busy these days! Most of us are juggling work and family responsibilities and trying to squeeze in time to exercise and see our friends. When life gets busy, it’s often our most important relationships that fall to the bottom of […]